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Organizational Ambidexterity in Tourism Research: A Systematic Review

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The ambidexterity concept is largely used in the strategic management field. However, little is known about its use in travel, tourism, hospitality, leisure, and event research. This study offers not only the first comprehensive analysis of the use of this concept but also a rationale for why it should be more widely used in travel, tourism, hospitality, leisure, and event research. The results show that (1) ambidexterity is scarcely used by researchers, (2) most papers are based on empirical data, and (3) all empirical studies were done either in Europe or in Asia. Moreover, scholars have focused on three main outcomes: sustainability, human resources performance, and market performance. This review allowed us to advance suggestions for practice and future research.

Keywords: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (HRM); ORGANIZATIONAL AMBIDEXTERITY; PERFORMANCE; SUSTAINABILITY; TOURISM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 3, 2020

This article was made available online on January 14, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Organizational Ambidexterity in Tourism Research: A Systematic Review".

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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