The Relation of some Ambidextrous Leadership Behavior to Avoiding Strategic Drift


  • Walaa Ismail Abdel Latif University of Baghdad - College of Administration and Economics
  • Ghada Mahdi Abed Office of the Ministry of Agriculture / Agricultural Investments Department


The research aims to diagnose the phenomenon of strategic drift, which is a negative phenomenon that is meant by the gradual deterioration of the organization. Because of the organizations failure to recognize changes in the business environment and respond to them for many determinants, including the absence of strategic planning, the limited focus on the external environment, the weak response to change, the rigidity of the organizational culture, the weak leadership and the absence of policies.

The research also aims to find out  the availability of ambidextrous leaders behaviors from open and closed(balanced)in the departments of the Ministry of Agriculture. It is the research community that was chosen to conduct the field research, where an intentional sample was determined that includes the assistant general manager, the general manager, the director of the department, the assistant director of the department and the official of his division, through (124)questionnaires distributed for the purpose, and the(SPSS)statistical package was relied on to do the statistical analysis of the data. and the  research started from hypotheses:           

The first hypotheses: (there is no statistically significant relationship between ambidextrous leadership and avoiding strategic drift)  ,the second hypothesis: (there is no significant effect between the dimensions of ambidextrous leadership together in avoiding strategic drift).

The most prominent conclusions: There are ambidextrous leaders  in the ministry's offices with closed behaviors compared to open behaviors with the absence of strategic planning at a large level, as it ranked first in terms of dimensions of the strategic drift variable, which indicated  the presence of strategic drift.

the researchers suggested conducting future  studies to apply the passive model (  Alshebli,2016)  to address the situation and phenomenon of strategic drift. through its reliance on a deep analysis of the external and internal environments and conducting the rehabilitation of individuals across the level and layers of stakeholders and lead change to ensure the successful implementation of the strategy and encourage innovation by stimulating the minds of human resources and taking their ideas and applying them with the management of culture to accommodate the fast- growing aspects related to public and private organizations in the Iraqi government sector to address the  phenomenon of strategic drift. 




How to Cite

Abdel Latif, W. I. ., & Abed, G. M. . (2023). The Relation of some Ambidextrous Leadership Behavior to Avoiding Strategic Drift. Baghdad College of Economic Sciences University Journal (BCESUJ), 72(4), 89–106. Retrieved from