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The Dynamics between Entrepreneurship, Environment and Education

The Dynamics between Entrepreneurship, Environment and Education

European Research in Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Alain Fayolle and Paula Kyrö

This book introduces the expanding European dialogue between entrepreneurship, environment and education. It considers the shape, dimensions and horizon of this multidisciplinary landscape in entrepreneurship research. The striking differences and contradictions in entrepreneurial activities, readiness and innovativeness within European countries and the proactive attitude and activities of European competitors impose a demand for a better understanding of the complex dynamics.

Chapter 5: Developing Characteristics of an Intrapreneurship-supportive Culture

Hanns Menzel, Robert Krauss and Jan Ulijn

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management education, management and universities, economics and finance, environmental economics, education, management and universities, management education, environment, environmental economics

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Hanns Menzel, Robert Krauss, Jan Ulijn and Mathieu Weggeman INTRODUCTION Intrapreneurship is nowadays a topic with a high attraction equally to many scholars and managers in companies of any size. It can be broadly defined as entrepreneurship within existing organizations, and there is broad consensus both in academia and business practice about the relevance and the need of bringing entrepreneurship into established companies. Already Schumpeter (1934), who stated that ‘new enterprises are mostly founded by new men and the old businesses sink into insignificance’, identified the need to instil the logic of entrepreneurship into the established businesses. What Drucker (1985) stated some twenty years ago, that ‘today’s businesses, especially the large ones, simply will not survive in this period of rapid change and innovation unless they acquire entrepreneurial competence’, still seems to hold true today. Besides existing small and medium sized companies (Aaltio, 2002; Carrier, 1994, 1997; Fayolle, 2003; Veenker et al., 2004), in particular big companies are turning towards intrapreneurship because they are not getting the continuing innovation, growth and value creation that they once had (Heinonen and Korvela, 2003; Mair, 2005; Pinchot, 1985; Pinchot and Pellman, 1999). Moreover, intrapreneurship is especially important for R&D as a valuable source to develop radical innovation – that is the discovery and exploitation of completely new business opportunities that go beyond the existing mainstream business of the firm (Antoncic and Hisrich, 2003; Burgelman, 1983; Fayolle, 2003; Hornsby et al., 2002; Kelley et al., 2002; Klein, 2002; Klein and Specht,...

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