Tutorial: Exploration Vs. Exploitation
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The Exploration Versus Exploitation Tutorial
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Organizations are constantly engaged in conflicting processes that balance flexibility and efficiency; these are exploration versus exploitation. Exploration deals with dynamic efficiency: searching for new options, experimenting, and conducting research. Exploitation deals with static efficiency: refining existing procedures, doing the same things only better, and reaping value from what is already known. Organizations with finite resources face the challenge of allocating them between these processes. James March addressed the interplay of these two factors in "Exploration and Exploitation in Organized Learning," published in Organizational Science (Vol. 2, No. 1, February 1991). This tutorial is a demonstration of several key results found in this paper. Readers wishing to gain further information should consult this influential research.
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