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The effect of intrapreneurship on corporate performance

J. Augusto Felício (Management Department, School of Economics and Management (ISEG)/Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
Ricardo Rodrigues (Centre for Management Studies, School of Economics and Management (ISEG)/Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
Vítor R. Caldeirinha (Centre for Management Studies, School of Economics and Management (ISEG)/Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 9 November 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the influence of intrapreneurship on the performance of companies.

Design/methodology/approach

The study develops and tests a theoretical model where the intrapreneurship is supported on the factors innovation, risk/uncertainty, risk/challenges, competitive energy, proactivity and autonomy, and the performance on the factors financial performance, growth and improvement and on the variable productivity. Based on a questionnaire, data from a sample of 217 medium‐sized Portuguese companies were obtained. The study used the confirmatory analysis method based on structural equation modeling (SEM).

Findings

The intrapreneurship has a multidimensional structure. This model proves its influence on the growth and improvement and the importance and explanatory power of this latent variable.

Research limitations/implications

The techniques used to verify the effect of firm size and the age periods has not been sufficiently explored and the direct effect of latent variables of intrapreneurship on performance was not assessed. This work contributes to the theory highlighting the importance of factors in intrapreneurship and the influence of the context in the model.

Practical implications

It was verified that the intrapreneurship has obvious effects on the measures of qualitative performance – growth and improvement. This is helpful for researchers looking for appropriate performance measures and for intrapreneurs aiming to get support for their decisions and evaluate their performance.

Originality/value

This study considers the separation of the propensity for risk in two latent variables and includes the autonomy to characterize intrapreneurship and demonstrates the importance of qualitative measures of performance perceived in the perspective of medium and long term.

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Citation

Augusto Felício, J., Rodrigues, R. and Caldeirinha, V.R. (2012), "The effect of intrapreneurship on corporate performance", Management Decision, Vol. 50 No. 10, pp. 1717-1738. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251741211279567

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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