Hur påverkar olika ledarskapsstilar ambidexterity i revisionsbyråer?

  • Shqiponja Metaj
  • Mattias Nilsson

    Student thesis: Master, one year


    A prerequisite for audit firms to survive, is focus on both improvement and renewal of services and products. This because companies constantly need to adapt their range of services and products to the external environment fluctuations and changing demands.

    The purpose of the study is to explain how integrated leadership affects the ability to achieve ambidexterity in accounting firms. The study aims to explore various leadership styles and potential relationships between them and ambidexterity in audit firms. Thru use of relevant theory and adjoining literature regarding integrated leadership and ambidexterity, a model has been produced which examines connections between the current leadership styles and ambidexterity in audit firms. With the help of a questionnaire sent to authorized and approved auditors, the model has been tested empirically. This resulted in 141 responses, with 104 completed responses.

    The results of the study indicates that none of the tested leadership styles can explain effect on ambidexterity, however, the result shows that authorized auditors have a negative correlation with ambidexterity in relation to approved auditors. Recent research indicates that ambidexterity is affected by factors not being covered in this study. Possibly these factors have stronger effect on ambidexterity than integrated leadership which may be the reason why no explaining relationship has been found on the matter. Regardless what governs ambidexterity audit firms operates in a changing environment, which makes improvements of existing supply important to focus at the same time as new services seem to be needed for long term survival.

    Knowledge regarding how leadership affects ambidexterity implies that audit firms get a glimpse of what could increase their survival. Through a balance between exploitative and explorative innovation, it contributes to improving the competitiveness of the firms.

    Date of Award2016-Sep-29
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorTimurs Umans (Supervisor), Pernilla Broberg (Supervisor) & Torbjörn Tagesson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    Courses and Subjects

    • Företagsekonomi

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)


    • ambidexterity
    • innovation
    • exploitative and explorative innovation
    • leadership
    • integrated leadership
    • accounting firms
    • authorized and approved auditor

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