Ambidextrous tensions: Dynamics of creative work in the media innovation process

Nando Malmelin, Sari Virta

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This article analyses creative work in one of Europe’s largest media organizations, in which a newly formed development team was tasked with creating a new multi-platform media product. The objective of this article is to explore the dynamics of team creativity in the process of developing and managing media content innovation. To do this, this study utilizes the concept of ambidexterity for understanding multi-level tensions between the on-going media production work and innovation processes typically co-existing in media operations. The results of the analysis indicate that, due to pressures created by the routine media production, media innovations require specific focus and prioritization to succeed. This requires recognizing, balancing and managing the ambidextrous tensions between exploration and exploitation in creative media work. In addition to practical implications for management of media innovations, this study contributes to research on media innovations, particularly from the perspectives of creative work and organizational creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-59
JournalThe Journal of Media Innovations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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