Linking Ambidexterity to Finance

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Type and Duration

Preproposal PhD-Thesis, since February 2019


Chair of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

Main Research

Growth and Complexity

Field of Research



The aim of the dissertation is to establish a link between the strategic and financial literatures by investigating if ambidexterity (the ability of companies to be innovative and efficient at the same time) is related to financial concepts and the extent to which ambidexterity can be transferred to the financial sector. In this context three potential fields of research could be of particular interest and relevance for the future. The first research field concerns compensation and incentives. The relation between incentive schemes in terms of compensation design and ambidexterity seems to be an interesting topic, which should be investigated in more detail. The second research field focuses on Corporate Finance. The aim is to examine the extent to which different capital structures are compatible with ambidexterity in Corporate Finance. Third, Banks, asset and wealth management firms as well as similar financial companies are facing a variety of major challenges. Therefore, these players need new approaches to generate revenue. Ambidexterity appears to be a suitable approach, as it allows financial institutions to more efficiently manage their very strong core competencies and to explore new business models and revenue streams.


Strategy, Finance, Ambidexterity, Exploitation