Entrepreneurship Research in Europe

Entrepreneurship Research in Europe

Evolving Concepts and Processes

European Research in Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Odd Jarl Borch, Alain Fayolle, Paula Kyrö and Elisabet Ljunggren

This engaging and topical book demonstrates the importance of entrepreneurship research at a time of turbulent environments, as well as highlighting the most recent developments in the field. It explores important avenues of new research and compares the differences in entrepreneurship between countries and regions. Viewing entrepreneurship as a dynamic learning and developmental process, the contributors discuss how the new ideological dialogue of entrepreneurship has started to expand its scope from business to society.

Chapter 10: The Influence of Organizational Characteristics on Intentions of Employees Towards Corporate Entrepreneurship

Olga Belousova

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


Olga Belousova* INTRODUCTION Corporate entrepreneurship (CE) is often recognized as beneficial for organizations. In a race for newness and diversity, modern companies employ an entrepreneurial approach to their strategies (Kuratko et al., 2005). Indeed, being innovative, risk-taking and ready to pioneer has proved to contribute well to the financial performance and strategic value of big corporations as well as small and medium enterprises (Covin and Slevin, 1989; Dess et al., 1997; Lumpkin and Dess, 2001; Wiklund and Shepherd, 2005). Therefore, we are interested in learning more about the way organizations become more innovative and entrepreneurial. More specifically, we are eager to understand how organizations stimulate such behaviours among their employees. Indeed, individual innovation behaviour is recognized as crucial in fostering continued entrepreneurship (Aldrich, 1999). In this chapter we focus on factors within the organization that influence employees’ decisions to engage in entrepreneurial behaviours. One way to approach this issue is to look at intentions of employees to engage in specific behaviours. Intentions are known to be formed by three types of beliefs: behavioural, normative and control. Further we look at organizational factors that influence these beliefs. We map the existing research on factors stimulating entrepreneurship and formulate several hypotheses. Our main hypothesis is that the entrepreneurial orientation of the business (reflecting the way the entrepreneurial strategy is exercised within the business) should directly and positively influence employees’ intentions towards entrepreneurial behaviours. To our knowledge, this 228 M2622 - BORCH TEXT.indd 228 25/05/2011 13:03 The influence of organizational characteristics 229...

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