Ambidextrous Program Management

The Case for Autonomous Mobility

This article analyzes the management of project portfolios that encompass both exploratory and implementation projects under the denomination of ambidextrous program management. We build on the project/program and ambidexterity literature to characterize such programs. Based on an in-depth three-year study, we apply this analytical framework to an emblematic case: the Autonomous Mobility (AM) initiative of a major automotive firm. We characterize the coordination challenges of such ambidextrous program management, and propose a coordination concept to deal with them, which we term the program hub.
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