The Efficient Innovator

  • Aaron C. T. SmithEmail author
  • Fiona Sutherland
  • David H. Gilbert


This chapter reviews the contents of the book and its central arguments. It acknowledges that external change operates as a consistent presence rather than as an exception, but that a productive organizational response incorporates both instability and stability. This culminates in a paradox of sorts, wherein sustainable success demands a commitment to simultaneously high levels of both innovation and control. It is at this energetic intersection of both where ambidexterity capability receives its impetus. The chapter highlights the book’s proposition that success requires simultaneous exploration and exploitation in high doses, encouraging tension and discontinuity. Finally, the chapter summarizes the argument for a duality ecosystem fostering ambidexterity because it augments the conversion of ideas into commercial implementation without compromising speed.


Paradox Duality ecosystem Conversion Discontinuity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron C. T. Smith
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fiona Sutherland
    • 2
  • David H. Gilbert
    • 3
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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