Organisations that are not ambidextrous only succeed in breakthrough innovation 25% of the time

Harvard Business Review (2004)

Organisations that are not ambidextrous only succeed in breakthrough innovation 25% of the time. What factors contribute to success in these cases? Part of it may be the business model. To achieve breakthrough innovation, organisations need to have a business model that supports and encourages innovation; this means having the right mix of people, processes, and resources. It also requires a certain amount of risk-taking and experimentation. But even with the best business model in place, success is not guaranteed. Many other success factors, including luck, timing, and market conditions, come into play. Nevertheless, organisations that are not ambidextrous only have a one in four chance of success in breakthrough innovation.