Successful Exploration : Organisational Ambidexterity and Performance in News Media Firms

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Nel , F , Milburn-Curtis , C & Lehtisaari , K 2020 , ' Successful Exploration : Organisational Ambidexterity and Performance in News Media Firms ' , Nordic journal of media management , vol. 1 , no. 1 , pp. 45-62 . https://doi.org/10.5278/njmm.2597-0445.3495

Title: Successful Exploration : Organisational Ambidexterity and Performance in News Media Firms
Author: Nel, Francois; Milburn-Curtis, Coral; Lehtisaari, Katja
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Media and Communication Studies
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Nordic journal of media management
ISSN: 2597-0445
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317309
Abstract: Purpose: This paper sheds light on the distinctive nature of entrepreneurial-oriented behaviours in news media firms. We reconsider conceptualisations of exploitation and exploration in the industry and seek to explore the extent to which they are related to organisational performance. Methodology: In a cross-sectional study, we draw on data from a longitudinal investigation into the decision making of news media executives worldwide. The study focuses on a correlational analysis of primary data collected from media executives across 107 countries. With a large sample size (N = 1438) and strict significance testing, we address the potential limitations of a purposive sampling strategy. Findings/Contribution: We find that firms that prioritise exploration higher than exploitation are more likely to be reporting financial success than those who do the opposite. We propose that the study contributes to the understanding of the impact of volatile times on the media industry, by suggesting that, even in the midst of considerable disruption, the exploration of new opportunities nevertheless has the potential to reap financial rewards. In so doing, it answers both the specific appeal for greater clarity of organisational ambidexterity measures, as well as calls to test and expand existing theory in various contexts, and to develop theory that is directly pertinent to media management science.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
organisational ambidexterity
media innovation
entrepreneurship
newspapers
performance
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