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Attaining Ambidexterity in Construction Organisations through Digitalisation

Aghimien, Douglas; Montalvo, Luis Zapata; Osunsanmi, Temidayo; Aigbavboa, Clinton; Taki, Ahmad


Douglas Aghimien

Luis Zapata Montalvo

Clinton Aigbavboa

Ahmad Taki


Temitope Omotayo

Olabode Ogunmakinde

Temitope Egbelakin

Adebayo Sojobi


In an ever-changing construction environment shaped by pervasive digital technologies, the role of digitalisation in ensuring effective exploitation and exploration (ambidexterity) of available opportunities cannot be overlooked. Leveraging digital technologies is crucial to attaining ambidextrous construction organisations and their continuous success. However, while studies have emanated on the ways of attaining ambidexterity within organisations in diverse sectors, construction has received little attention. Therefore, through a review of existing literature, this study unearths the role of digitalisation in improving the ambidexterity of construction organisations. A bibliometric and narrative review of existing works on digitalisation and organisational ambidexterity was conducted using bibliographic data gathered from the Scopus database. The findings revealed that while not much exists on the digital technologies needed in improving organisations’ ambidexterity, organisations that strive for digital transformation stand a better chance to explore future opportunities while exploiting the currently available resources to make maximum profit. The study contributes theoretically to the existing discourse on the development of construction organisations and provides guidance for attaining ambidextrous construction organisations through digitalisation. In addition, the study suggests possible directions for future research on construction organisations’ ambidexterity – an area that has gained little attention within the construction domain.

Acceptance Date Apr 15, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 7, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date May 5, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 8, 2025
Publisher Routledge
Pages 215-232
Series Title Spon Research
Series Number 1940‑7653
Book Title Innovations, Disruptions and Future Trends in the Global Construction Industry
Chapter Number 15
ISBN 9781032435794, 9781032444482
Publisher URL