Title: Ambidexterity and competitiveness in Brazilian higher education institutions

Authors: Juliano Lima Soares; Dálcio Roberto Dos Reis

Addresses: Strategy, Control and Performance Research Group, Faculty of Business Accounting and Economic Sciences, Universidade Federal De Goiás, StreetSamambaia, s/n - Chácaras Califórnia, Goiânia, Goiás 74001-970, Brazil ' Innovation Management Research Group, PMDA - Business Masters and Doctorate Programme, Universidade Positivo, Street Professor Pedro Viriato Parigot 5300, Curitiba, Paraná 81.280.330, Brazil

Abstract: The research goal was to analyse the relationship between the degrees of ambidexterity and competitiveness of private Higher Education Institutions (HEI) owned by a Brazilian educational group. The theoretical framework addressed two constructs, the first one used the premises of Resource-Based Theory, especially the VRIO Model, the second one used assumptions of Organisational Ambidexterity. The methodological approach was quantitative, using primary data from 79 institutions. The main contributions of the research were: (a) the creation and validation of the scale to measure the degree of competitiveness in private HEI; and (b) with SEM, the proposed theoretical model was validated, verifying the existence of a strong and positive relationship between the degrees of ambidexterity and competitiveness of the investigated HEI (r = 0.70; p value < 0.05).

Keywords: ambidextrous organisations; innovation management; resource-based theory; competitiveness; higher education institutions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2020.108005

International Journal of Management in Education, 2020 Vol.14 No.4, pp.401 - 421

Received: 14 Mar 2019
Accepted: 31 Jul 2019

Published online: 01 Jul 2020 *

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