The influence of personality traits on individual ambidexterity
Where organizational ambidexterity has been recognized as a well-established construct within management literature, it is the individual level, that has gained growing attention among researchers in the past decade. Within individual ambidexterity research however, which concerns the ability of individuals to switch between the exploitation of existing assets and knowledge and the exploration of new opportunities, a call for a better understanding of the concept and its antecedents is existent. This study aimed to determine whether openness to experience and conscientiousness, which are antecedents to the construct originating from the Big Five personality traits, are related to individual ambidexterity. Furthermore, the moderating role of job autonomy was examined. By finding these effects, it could contribute to strategic management as the development of understanding individual ambidexterity benefits strategic outcomes. The effects were tested by conducting a regression analysis through SPSS. Data was gathered at a Dutch transportation organization, where 36 nonmanagerial and middle management employees participated in the research. The analysis found no statistically significant results for the hypothesized effects. Future research could rerun the conceptualized model to a larger sample size, since that limited the statistical significance and explanatory power of this research.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen