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Intrapreneurial behaviors of organizational members. A conceptual view: how contextual expectations can explain the entrepreneurship roles in organizations?

Korhan Arun (Namik Kemal Universitesi, Tekirdag, Turkey)
Suat Begeç (Türk Hava Kurumu Üniversitesi, Ankara, Turkey)
Olcay Okun (Hasan Kalyoncu Universitesi, Gaziantep, Turkey)

Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1471-5201

Article publication date: 4 November 2020

Issue publication date: 12 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to develop theoretical arguments about the factors promoting nascent intrapreneurship relative to role theory. These arguments principally draw on contributions from interactional and structural sociology. Fixed theoretical tools for intrapreneurship are not quite enough. So, structural and interactionist perspective of sociology is necessary to understand the intrapreneurship concept because intrapreneurs live in a society and shape their course per the expectations of others. Previous approaches depend on individual, organizations or environment to push potential employees to be intrapreneurs. Expectations may be a keystone for intrapreneurship because intrapreneurs have been trying to explain or make progress about what is seen as crucial; more importantly, they learn their roles.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a conceptual paper about explaining intrapreneurship. Foregoing literature has been trying to explain the phenomenon by individual, organizational or environment endeavors to transform employees to be intrapreneurs. Role theory stems from interactional and structural sociology. Promoting the internal entrepreneur process by overcoming resistance to switching to a more structured management approach and adopting management systems and processes in a timely way is still a vague approach. So, the structural and interactionist perspective of sociology is necessary to understand the concept because intrapreneurship is a contextual factor rather than activity.

Findings

Expectations can convey what others consider particularly important or necessary. Intrapreneurship is a type of personal entrepreneur role influenced by expectations.

Practical implications

Intrapreneurship is not solely entrepreneurship in organizations but is also governed by the specific combinations of circumstances generally outside of the organizational environment, such as families, coworkers and friends.

Originality/value

The present paper seeks to answer three primary research questions: how differentiation among subunits changes intrapreneurship role expectations, how the intrapreneurs’ role has been affected from unlike expectations and are group or team-level expectations on intrapreneurs’ roles distinctive than organization and individual levels.

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Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations: None.

Declarations: No data and material are used against any conflicting interests.

No funding is used.

This paper is solely aimed for academic purposes.

Citation

Arun, K., Begeç, S. and Okun, O. (2021), "Intrapreneurial behaviors of organizational members. A conceptual view: how contextual expectations can explain the entrepreneurship roles in organizations?", Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 24-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRME-09-2019-0074

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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