Title

Ambidextrous leadership for innovation: The influence of culture

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

We develop a new look on leadership for innovation and propose that effective leaders alternate between a broad range of behaviors and tune their approach to the changing demands of innovation. This is referred to as ambidextrous leadership. As the importance of different leader behaviors varies not only across time but also across contexts, ambidextrous leadership takes different shapes depending on contextual conditions. We discuss culture as an important contextual condition that holds implications for effective ambidextrous leadership. Cultures have different strengths and weaknesses for innovation that can be leveraged or compensated. We use the cultural characteristics identified by the GLOBE project to discuss how leaders can take culture into account when leading for innovation.

Discipline

Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Advances in Global Leadership

Volume

6

First Page

41

Last Page

69

ISBN

9780857244673

Identifier

10.1108/S1535-1203(2011)0000006006

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing

City or Country

Bingley

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