Chapter 13: The development of high-potential intrapreneurs: an executive education approach to drive innovation in Latin American companies
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Companies need to be more entrepreneurial to become more innovative. A pool of talented employees is extremely important in achieving this vision. Programs for high potentials are now a common strategy adopted by companies to attract, develop, and retain talent. These programs are not aimed at developing entrepreneurial competencies, and companies are not prepared to support high potentials who demonstrate intrapreneurial spirit. Drawing on research and practice-oriented observations in executive education from large-scale companies located in Mexico City, we present the concept of “High-Potential Intrapreneurs” (HPIs), in addition to suggesting some changes companies need to address in order to support HPIs. This chapter focuses on clarifying: i) what a high-potential intrapreneur is, ii) how intrapreneurial competencies can be developed using a project-based learning approach in executive education, and iii) what elements need to be created within corporations to help support HPIs and boost innovation.

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