Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research
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Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research

Edited by Steven W. Floyd and Bill Wooldridge

The premise of this volume is that the complex social processes that animate strategic decisions involve not only top-level executives, but also middle managers distributed throughout the organization. Designed for doctoral students and others interested in middle managers and strategy process, the Handbook integrates the threads of scholarly work in this domain and charts a course for future research. Chapters are written both by scholars who have ‘paved the way’ for the middle management perspective and scholars who have done recent, cutting edge research from this point of view.
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Chapter 7: Middle managers: the lynchpins in the corporate entrepreneurship process

Donald F. Kuratko

Abstract

This chapter reviews the evolution of corporate entrepreneurship (CE) over the last four decades. Initially seen as incompatible within established organizations, (corporate) entrepreneurship is now recognized as a fundamental way in which organizations renew their competitive positions and enter new businesses. The chapter identifies five stable antecedents of middle managers’ entrepreneurial behavior, arguing that managers are most likely to act entrepreneurially when these five conditions are widely known and accepted. The chapter then describes middle managers’ role as “lynchpins” of CE activity and outlines four key challenges that middle managers face in the CE process. The chapter concludes with a discussion of research challenges and priorities for researchers.

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