Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1367: Intrapreneurship: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive

Niklas Elert () and Mikael Stenkula ()
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Niklas Elert: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Mikael Stenkula: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Researchers increasingly recognize that entrepreneurial employees, intrapreneurs, play a critical role in innovation. As with regular entrepreneurship, however, the value of intrapreneurial activity depends on the firm-specific and societal reward structures that intrapreneurs face. Ideally, these rules of the game are such that they reward intrapreneurship that is beneficial for the firm and the economy. When this is not the case, intrapreneurship can be beneficial for the firm but not for society, damaging for the firm yet beneficial for society, or downright destructive. We offer a taxonomy describing how society’s rules and firm rules interact to produce different intrapreneurial outcomes.

Keywords: Intrapreneurship; Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial behavior

JEL-codes: D02; J24; L26; M14; O17; O31

28 pages, October 26, 2020

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