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Exploring the links between entrepreneurial orientation and intrapreneurship in SMEs

Véronique Bouchard (EMLYON Business School, Ecully, France)
Olivier Basso (Singleton Institute, Brussels, Belgium)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 17 May 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the links between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and intrapreneurship within the context of small to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs).

Design/methodology/approach

This conceptual paper builds on a historical review of the two main currents of the corporate entrepreneurship literature and the distinction established by French scholars between “traditional SMEs” and “miniature large firms”.

Findings

The paper summarizes various findings regarding the antecedents of EO and intrapreneurship in SMEs and elaborates a series of testable propositions linking EO to intrapreneurship.

Practical implications

The paper posits the existence of different types of SMEs and suggests that the organizational and managerial antecedents of EO differ by type.

Originality/value

The paper explores the relation between intrapreneurship and EO, thus connecting two unrelated streams of literature within the field of corporate entrepreneurship.

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Citation

Bouchard, V. and Basso, O. (2011), "Exploring the links between entrepreneurial orientation and intrapreneurship in SMEs", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 219-231. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626001111127043

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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