The effects of knowledge integration and contextual ambidexterity on innovation in entrepreneurial ventures

Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Samuel Adomako

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Abstract

This paper utilizes insights from the knowledge-based view and ambidexterity literature to examine the effects of knowledge integration (KI) on innovation via contextual ambidexterity (CA). The paper also investigates the potential moderating role of human resource (HR) slack on the relationship between KI and CA. Using survey data collected from 245 entrepreneurial firms operating in Ghana, the findings show that KI positively relates to CA, and this relationship is moderated by HR slack. In addition, we observed that CA mediates KI and innovation. The broader theoretical and practical implications of the study are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-321
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume127
Early online date6 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Contextual ambidexterity
  • Entrepreneurial firms
  • Ghana
  • Human resource slack
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge integration

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