Ambidexterity in Projects: an Intellectual Capital Perspective

Turner, Neil, Maylor, Harvey and Swart, Juani (2015) Ambidexterity in Projects: an Intellectual Capital Perspective. International Journal of Project Management, 33 (1). pp. 177-188.

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This paper examines the role of knowledge assets in projects. We identify the desirability of simultaneously using knowledge assets both to exploit and explore (ambidexterity) and highlight the significance of this for the project context. We use an intellectual capital perspective and theorise that managing projects draws upon human, social and organisational capital. We examine how this is used by managers, in a qualitative empirical study of managers in technology projects, to explain better how ambidexterity is achieved in projects.

Ambidexterity in the use of knowledge assets is shown to exist in the practices of managers but without them necessarily having a conscious strategy for it. We identify the mechanisms by which this happens and note the distinctive role of social capital. We demonstrate the integrative nature of the mechanisms, and how each mechanism can involve the deployment of either single or multiple elements of intellectual capital. In so doing we extend existing theory to the operational level and demonstrate the utility of this approach.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Operations management
Subject(s): Operations management
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 09:53
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