Title: A case study of an organisation development of duality

Authors: Mads Andreassen, Frank Gertsen

Addresses: Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Fibiger straede 16, Aalborg 9220, Denmark. ' Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Fibiger straede 16, Aalborg 9220, Denmark

Abstract: This paper seeks to comprehend what the organisational circumstances (conditions) look like that induces an organisation to develop its exploitation and exploration capabilities to duality. This is done by studying changes in the organisational characteristics in a Danish manufacturer of accessories for house windows during the expansion leading to global operation. The study comprises 2½ years of detailed study and a retrospective study of approximately 30 years. The data collection was mainly based on semi-structured interviews. The findings add a new approach to continuous innovation theory by uncovering how organisational conditions affect the development and integration of exploitation and exploration capabilities.

Keywords: global operations; exploitation; exploration; organisational development; dual organisation; duality; cooperations abilities; continuous innovation; window accessories; Denmark.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2008.018060

International Journal of Technology Management, 2008 Vol.42 No.1/2, pp.51 - 68

Published online: 28 Apr 2008 *

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