Summary of the First South East Report on Intrapreneurship

The South East is currently being used as a testbed for an innovative European funded study into intrapreneurship.

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The study will examine the entrepreneurial behaviour of employees and the development of new ventures within an organisation, with a particular focus on SMEs. The aim is to develop a toolbox to help SMEs with their intrapreneurship efforts.

The first report has just been issued, and it is an inventory of the entrepreneurial activity in the South East. There are quite a few interesting findings an as usual when academics are involved, it starts with the confusion of definition. There is no generally accepted definition of intrapreneurship. The short definition is that intrapreneurship is about setting up new ventures within the existing structure of an organisation. Not spin-off, not continues improvement, not innovation. However, these were included in the report as they are part of the innovation spectrum. The truth is that there is very little intrapreneurial activity in SMEs in the South East (or in Ireland).

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