Conclusions and Implications
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The previous chapter, Chap. 5, outlined all findings systematically in order to finally conclude whether or not certain theoretical propositions can be confirmed or not. First, the findings were compared to current literature and how it substantiates certain findings; second, the findings were linked to the propositions for a comprehensive discussion. Finally, the research objective was considered to answer whether the objective of the research project was achieved or not. This chapter will analyze how the results can contribute to the body of current literature and provide new insights for practitioners.
On the one side, the results obtained in this study can enrich research in the fields of innovation and organizational ambidexterity. On the other side, many of the empirical results are very valuable for the practitioners, especially for the two companies that were part of the case study, since the results can be generalized on this limited scale. The obtained results can help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of both companies in the future implementation of innovations. With this in mind, the findings are summarized in a draft code of practice or ‘cookbook’ taking the form of 16 precise suggestions.
Finally, the last section addresses the shortcomings and limitations of this dissertation and other avenues for research opened up by this study. As in any research project, the choice of focus and perspective implies that another perspectives are not considered. The perspective in this research focused on observing the phenomena of organizational ambidexterity from a point of view of technological innovation. This fact is explained further in Sect. 6.4. Moreover, lots of new insights have been gained, but these new insights also brought up many new questions that have not been answered yet, but are outlined in Sect. 6.3. This last section is followed by the bibliography that also contains the annotated bibliography from the case studies used to conduct the empirical survey. “Appendices” were added, which include the case study protocols, with analytical and practical interview guidelines and the guidelines for focus groups. The same guidelines were used for both companies.
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