Acting ambidextrously in retail banking to achieve service and sales goals simultaneously: A multilevel perspective

University of Canterbury
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference 2010, 2010, pp. 1 - 9
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Ambidexterity refers to an organizations capacity to achieve two seemingly conflicting goals simultaneouslyin this study, the ability of customer-facing employees to achieve sales and service goals at the same time. We examine a range of organizational contextual variables (i.e. empowerment, team support, fairness of rewards, and transformational leadership) to empirically model the antecedents of ambidexterity at the individual and branch levels in a retail banking setting. We found that all the contextual variables have a significant impact on branch ambidexterity at the individual level; however, only empowerment, team support, and fairness of rewards have a significant group-level effect on branch ambidexterity. We also found a positive relationship between branch ambidexterity and branch financial performance.
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