Czernich, Christian H.
August 2003
Academy of Management Proceedings;2003, pX1
Conference Proceeding
This article suggests a number of mechanisms which allow individuals concerned to predict when organizations are willing to adopt new entrepreneurial ventures or ignore them. Organizations have often been portrayed as exhibiting three biases in their resource allocation decisions. The first two, uncertainty avoidance and myopia, emerge as organizations face strong pressures from their external stakeholders towards the reliable provision of goods and services and the generation of a steady stream of profit. A review of the literature on intrapreneurship suggests that the intrapreneurial process can be characterized by four key features, which differentiate them from other internal investment projects. In summary, the literature within behavioral, knowledge and resource-based perspectives has given strong normative and descriptive arguments for why individuals concerned would expect new entrepreneurial ventures to be largely ignored in large established organizations. The mechanisms suggested in this article might contribute to an integration of the phenomenon of intrepreneurship into the behavioral, knowledge and resource-based perspectives on the firm. In addition they may have a number of more specific implications.


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