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Seppo Laukkanen

Making Sense of Ambidexterity
A Process View of the Renewing Effects of Innovation Activities in a
Multinational Enterprise

Helsinki 2012
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Making Sense of Ambidexterity: A Process View of the Renewing Effects of
Innovation Activities in a Multinational Enterprise

Key words: innovation, ambidexterity, entrepreneurship, strategic renewal, multinational enterprise © Hanken School of Economics & Seppo Laukkanen, 2012

Seppo Laukkanen
Hanken School of Economics
Department of Management and Organization
P.O.Box 479, 00101 Helsinki, Finland

Hanken School of Economics

ISBN 978-952-232-165-7 (printed)
ISBN 978-952-232-166-4 (PDF)
ISSN-L 0424-7256
ISSN 0424-7256 (printed)
ISSN 2242-699X (PDF)
Edita Prima Ltd, Helsinki 2012

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PREFACE
It takes extraordinary effort and commitment to make a scientific contribution. This project took three years of persistent hard work, interspersed with short periods of total devotion, spent cloistered, focusing on this research project. These periods of total devotion enabled me as a researcher to dive deep into the minds of the innovators and fly high with the theories. Such immersion fostered lateral thinking and productive writing, both necessary to finalize this work. The unconditional support of my entire family was integral in this undertaking.
Hanken has been a great academic home for the doctoral work. The great personalities, the state of the art competences and the rich international networks facilitated an elaborative way of working. The elaborative approach to research has been key to my discoveries. In particular, the vast academic experience and accommodating personality of Martin Lindell was crucial for developing the ability to do research grounded on real business rather than merely theoretical frameworks.



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