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​Coming soon: Ambidextrous Leadership
English Translation of the original German 2nd edition (Oct. 2021)

Ambidextrous Leadership prepares leaders for fundamental change processes of organizations. In times of digital transformation, radical change and crises, ambidexterity has become a key competence of global companies. Ambidextrous organizations manage to improve their core business, while at the same time opening up new business fields for the future. Practical examples and numerous implementation tips illustrate how leaders can turn this trade-off into an elegant balancing act. The book illustrates how ambidextrous leadership unlocks innovation next to running your core business. It also addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and documents how ambidextrous leadership helps to successfully navigate the crisis.

This book is a translation of the original German 2nd edition of Beidhaendige Fuehrung, published by Springer-Verlag GmbH, part of Springer Nature in 2020. The translation was done with the help of artificial intelligence (machine translation by the service A subsequent human revision by the author was done in terms of content.

Some facts:

Julia Duwe

Ambidextrous Leadership

Publisher: Springer; 22. Oktober 2021

271 Pages


Language: English

ISBN  ‎ 978-3662640319




​Released in October 2020: 
2nd edition of "Beidhändige Führung" (Ambidextrous Leadership)
  • Revised second edition of the German standard work on ambidextrous leadership

  • With an additional chapter on leadership challenges during the COVID-19 crisis

  • Including interviews with IBM, Accenture, Bosch, Festo, Mann+Hummel, Hallesche, Fraunhofer, DLR, TU Dresden and experts on leadership and resilience

Some facts:

Julia Duwe

Beidhändige Führung

Verlag: Springer Gabler; 2. Auflage (Oktober 2020)

252 Seiten

Sprache: Deutsch

ISBN  978-3-662-61571-3


Management Book: "Beidhändige Führung" (Ambidextrous Leadership)

Evolution or Revolution? During digital transformation most executives have to follow both if they want their company to survive in the middle or long term: They need to exploit and boost their current business while simultaneously searching for new digital business opportunities, platforms and ecosystems. For leaders the question of how to deal with these fundamentally opposing paradigms becomes more and more a serious concern.

Beidhändige Führung supports you to orchestrate, balance and connect these two different worlds in big organizations.

  • It is a practical leadership guide to designing digital change

  • It provides the theoretical background and practical insights (e.g. interviews) for ambidextrous leadership

  • It contains simple communication-based tools for the management of incremental and radical innovation

  • It introduces the art of Ecosystems Thinking

The management book Beidhändige Führung seeks to prepare leaders in big organizations for new challenges during digital transformation. While technologies and markets are radically changing, ambidexterity turns out to be the most important mental model and leadership skill for global companies: During digitization firms must improve their everyday business (exploitation). At the same time they need to develop new business opportunities in order to survive in the future (exploration). Ambidexterity is the art of being equally good at both - the present and the future business.

The dilemma

However, executives increasingly find themselves in this dilemma at the moment. How to deal with fundamentally opposing paradigms becomes more and more a serious concern.

Managers grew up and live in hierarchical structures. They have to control the execution of plans and they implement and roll out global efficiency programs. Yet, at the same time, platforms, digital ecosystems and movements that can hardly be controlled by hierarchical power and top-down authority spread all over the globe. Here, control becomes a mere illusion.

The new communities do not respond to command and control. If anything, they need an agile human-centric culture and leadership approach based on a high amount of flexibilty, inspiration and continuous support.

The solution offered

Whether you are CEO, senior manager, project leader - this books offers you a bundle of communication tools that can be used in the course of everyday operations in both paradigms - the present and the future. On 199 pages, various practical examples, interviews and concrete tools are provided for leading through exploitation, exploration and for connecting the two worlds.

Based on the simple switch of your communicative behavior you learn how to support traditional structures and promote the emergence and growth of a new mindset and culture.

With a preface of Dr. Eberhard Veit, former CEO of Festo and representative of the steering commitee of the German initiative "Plattform Industrie 4.0". Free download at


Some facts:

Julia Duwe

Beidhändige Führung

Publisher: Springer Gabler; 1 edition (November 30, 2017)

199 pages

Language: German

ISBN 978-3-662-55855-3



Research Study: "Ambidextrie, Führung und Kommunikation" (Ambidexterity, Leadership, and Communication)


The research study "Ambidextrie, Führung und Kommunikation" preceded the book project "Beidhändige Führung". It contains the data from an in-depth study in the German mechanical engineering industry. 

This research project explored the innovation process of ambidextrous organizations from a communication perspective. With a focus on product innovation in large multinational technology firms, it was analyzed how members of organizations communicate internally in the face of turbulent markets and constant technological change.

The concept of ambidexterity was approached as dynamic capability with simultaneous exploration and exploitation. As the dynamic capabilities view (DCV) spotlights the role of senior management, the study focused on communication of top and senior managers. It connects the DCV based understanding of managerial action with the research on organizational communication building upon communication as a constitutive element for generating innovation.

In a qualitative in-depths case study of a German mechanical engineering firm, it was explored how communication affects the process of product innovation. The findings show different communication patterns for radical and incremental innovation as well as specific patterns promoting ambidexterity.

The data indicate that communicative behavior can be conceptualized as microfoundation of the three classes of dynamic capabilities sensing, seizing and reconfiguring. The communication patterns reflect a bimodal nature of communication describing both information exchange and generation of knowledge.

Some facts:

Julia Duwe

Ambidextrie, Führung und Kommunikation

Publisher: Springer Gabler; 1 edition (June 20, 2016)

304 pages

Language: German

ISBN 978-3-65814587-3


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