The literature on innovation/change predicts that entrepreneurial initiatives will be killed by the established organizational system. The general answer is to put innovations in separate units. This is not possible for corporate entrepreneurship initiatives, however. In this action research study, we focus on corporate entrepreneurship initiatives’ strategies for survival. We collected data by following 11 corporate entrepreneurship initiatives as they were pursued. We summarize their effort in three transformation mechanisms: aligning with purpose, creating trust, and creating attachment with autonomy. The data indicate that these factors not only contributed to the success of the initiatives but also to renewing the organizational system.
The authors are grateful to the students and corporate partners of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Lab and the Corporate Entrepreneurship program at the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship for their partaking in this research endeavor. We are also grateful to our colleagues in the Lab, the Program and the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership for their support in the development of these ideas.
Fredberg, T. and Pregmark, J. (2018), "Organization Renewal through Entrepreneurial Initiatives: When the Seed Changes the Soil", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 99-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620180000026003Download as .RIS
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