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Crossing the chasm between exploration and exploitation : achieving ambidexterity through intrapreneurship

Rietveld, W.B. (2020) Crossing the chasm between exploration and exploitation : achieving ambidexterity through intrapreneurship.

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Abstract:This paper explores the transition of intrapreneurial initiatives from exploration to exploitation, referred to as the liminal state. An abductive methodology is combined with an in-depth comparative case analysis to investigate three large Dutch high-tech companies in order to enrich the theoretical understanding of this liminal state. Based on the findings 3 sets of propositions are developed. First, it is proposed that organisations need to provide legitimacy, funding and preparation for integration to intrapreneurs in order for them to successfully make initiatives emerge at the end of the liminal state, ready for scaling. Second, two proposition are developed on the size of the liminal state, suggesting that radical innovation increases the gap between exploration and exploitation, and that an entrepreneurial mindset within the firm can reduce the gap between exploration and exploitation. Third, the value of organisational barriers and market pull on the intrapreneurial process are discussed. All in all, this research aims to increase the theoretical understanding of the transition between exploration and exploitation and gives ideas on the role that firms need to play in order to support intrapreneurial initiatives through the liminal state.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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