Journal of Business Accounting and Finance Perspectives

(ISSN: 2603-7475) Open Access Journal
JBAFP 2020, 2(2), 8; doi: 10.35995/jbafp2020008

Understanding Firm Growth and Revival through Ambidexterity: An Accounting and Organizational Perspective

Received: 27 Aug 2019 / Revised: 12 Feb 2020 / Accepted: 2020-02-12 / Published: 2020-02-14
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Young firms and established firms have a tendency to emphasize one type of organizational learning to their detriment. This reduces organizational ambidexterity and makes them susceptible to failure. This study explores how two high-tech manufacturing firms use cost information from an accounting system to balance exploitation and exploration learning for ambidexterity. A successful growth firm and a revival firm are examined since both of these business life-cycle stages focus on a strategy of aggressive building. The evidence shows that the use of cost information to balance learning and achieve ambidexterity is different between a growth firm and revival firm. The use of cost information for exploitation and exploration is undertaken by taking each firm’s learning pre-disposition, pivoting organizational culture, and utilizing a functional structure to realize contextual and structural ambidexterity. This study provides preliminary models for future research on accounting and the organizational elements for achieving organizational ambidexterity.
Keywords: activity-based costing; ambidexterity; exploitation; exploration; variable costing
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Lee, M.T.; Gaudioso, N.V. Understanding Firm Growth and Revival through Ambidexterity: An Accounting and Organizational Perspective. JBAFP 2020, 2, 8.
Lee MT, Gaudioso NV. Understanding Firm Growth and Revival through Ambidexterity: An Accounting and Organizational Perspective. Journal of Business Accounting and Finance Perspectives. 2020; 2(2):8.
Lee, Michael T.; Gaudioso, Nicholas V. 2020. "Understanding Firm Growth and Revival through Ambidexterity: An Accounting and Organizational Perspective." JBAFP 2, no. 2: 8.
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