Conceptualising behavioural ambidexterity and the effects on individual well-being
Paper in proceedings, 2018

'Knowledge work' in the contemporary business landscape typically demands behavioural ambidexterity: the ability to simultaneously demonstrate creativity and compliance. However, the effects of behavioural ambidexterity on the well-being of individual employees are not well known. We examine the relations between work design, behavioural ambidexterity and perceptions of well-being, conceptually drawing on a review of the three strands of literature. Our focus is on well-being, after a well-established holistic definition based on healthcare, philosophy, psychology and sociology literatures, which have converged on three core dimensions of well-being: psychological (happiness), physical (health) and social (relationships). We highlight the influence of personal circumstances and the role of agency in work design as two key antecedents of well-being outcomes, and suggest a preliminary framework for further studies of behavioural ambidexterity and well-being in the construction industry.





Behavioural ambidexterity


A.B. Raidén

Nottingham Trent University

Christine Räisänen

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018


34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018
Belfast, United Kingdom,

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