Demystifying the link between knowledge management capability and innovation ambidexterity: organizational structure as a moderator
Shafique, Imran; Kalyar, Masood Nawaz; Shafique, Muhammad; Kianto, Aino; Beh, Loo-See (2022-09-13)
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Business Process Management Journal
School of Business and Management
This study examines the relationship between knowledge management (KM) capability and innovation ambidexterity, and their subsequent influence on firm performance. It also investigates whether organizational structure – in terms of connectedness and centralization – helps to develop a suitable context that either hinders or catalyzes the effectiveness of KM capability in predicting innovation ambidexterity.
Data were collected from 336 manufacturing organizations in Pakistan using a random sampling technique. Partial least square-based structural equation modelling (PLS–SEM) was employed to analyze the data.
Results reveal that KM capability is positively linked with innovation ambidexterity and firm performance. Innovation ambidexterity positively mediates the link between KM capability and firm performance. Connectedness positively moderates the association between KM capability and innovation ambidexterity. However, centralization negatively moderates the link between KM capability and innovation ambidexterity.
This research offers theoretical insights into when and how KM capability is effective in prompting performance through innovation ambidexterity by creating a suitable context.
The study indicates that innovation may develop in an ambidextrous manner in an organization as long as the organization is proficient in creating a suitable context, i.e. structure to support it. Organizations should strive to develop sustained KM capabilities because these are seminal for enabling the challenging task of exploiting existing resources for innovation while also tapping on new opportunities for explorative breakthroughs.
This research contributes to a novel understanding regarding the importance of KM capability in fostering manufacturing organizations to engage in ambidexterity by creating a suitable context where optimal amount of each form of innovation activities is calibrated using KM capability.
Shafique, I., Kalyar, M.N., Shafique, M., Kianto, A., Beh, L.-S. (2022). Demystifying the link between knowledge management capability and innovation ambidexterity: organizational structure as a moderator. Business Process Management Journal. DOI: 10.1108/BPMJ-11-2021-0713
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