Regulatory focus climate, organizational structure, and employee ambidexterity: An interactive multilevel model

Raphael Bomelburg*, Stefan Berger, Justin Jansen, Heike Bruch

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Abstract

Prior research suggests that the organizational context supports the emergence of employee ambidexterity; however, the interplay between formal and informal context has been largely unexplored. We analyze this interplay with a multilevel, multisource data set of 2446 individual employees nested in 77 organizations. We find that a promotion climate—unlike a prevention climate—contributes to employee ambidexterity. In addition, formalization positively moderates the effects of both promotion and prevention climate on employee ambidexterity, while centralization weakens the positive effect of promotion climate. Our results advance a contingency perspective that brings together formal and informal contextual drivers of employee ambidexterity and shows that even though an informal climate signals the preferred manner of goal pursuit, a formal structure affects the impact of such signals by delineating opportunity corridors of admissible behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-719
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Management
Volume62
Issue number5
Early online date28 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

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Funding Information:
Raphael Boemelburg reports financial support for this project from the basic research fund (GFF) at the University St. Gallen, project number 1031575.

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