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The Perceived Influences of Managerial Activities on Intrapreneurship: A Case Study at IBM

Reichartz, Laura LU and Weinert, Lea LU (2016) BUSN49 20161
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Title:
The Perceived Influences of Managerial Activities on Intrapreneurship: A Case Study at IBM

Submission Date: 20th of May, 2016

Course: BUSN49: Degree Project, 15 ECTS, Spring 2016

Authors: Laura Reichartz & Lea Weinert

Supervisor: Mats Benner

Keywords: Intrapreneurship, Innovation, Sense-making, Management Systems

Purpose
We aim to unravel employees' understanding and perception of the managerial influences on intrapreneurship and which potential barriers they identify among mostly uncontrolled initiatives and formalized programs. From a theoretical perspective, our project aims to gain new insights into how managerial activities impact employees and their intrapreneurial behavior at IBM.

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Title:
The Perceived Influences of Managerial Activities on Intrapreneurship: A Case Study at IBM

Submission Date: 20th of May, 2016

Course: BUSN49: Degree Project, 15 ECTS, Spring 2016

Authors: Laura Reichartz & Lea Weinert

Supervisor: Mats Benner

Keywords: Intrapreneurship, Innovation, Sense-making, Management Systems

Purpose
We aim to unravel employees' understanding and perception of the managerial influences on intrapreneurship and which potential barriers they identify among mostly uncontrolled initiatives and formalized programs. From a theoretical perspective, our project aims to gain new insights into how managerial activities impact employees and their intrapreneurial behavior at IBM.

Research Questions
1. How do employees understand the influence of formalized activities (ifundIT, Intrapreneurship@IBM, etc.) on intrapreneurship?
2. How do employees understand the influence of open activities (an enabling culture, Connections, etc.) on intrapreneurship?
3. What are the perceived tensions of the intrapreneurship process of IBM?
Method
A research based on qualitative, hermeneutic methodology. Empirical material was collected with the help of nine interviews at our case company IBM. Interviews of semi-structured nature and aimed to explore the employees understanding and perceptions. Secondary data was collected with the help of literature and company internal data, available on the employees' platform IBMConnections.

Findings
Participants of this study do not dierentiate between open and formalized activities but rather highlight the importance of the combination of both. We found that intrapreneurs are largely intrinsicilly driven to innovate but also need the support of both an enabling culture and formalized programs that provide, e.g. funding. Participants further mentioned tensions such as a missing link between corporate orientation and actual implementation.

Contribution
We contribute to intrapreneurship literature by providing a deeper and more holistic picture of how employees are influenced by both open and formalized activities that management may engage in. Our main focus was that intrapreneurs need a combination of both supporting elements, where culture forms the basis and programs need to be ingrained. (Less)
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Reichartz, Laura LU and Weinert, Lea LU
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BUSN49 20161
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Intrapreneurship, Innovation, Sense-making, Management Systems, IT, Culture
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English
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8877599
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The Perceived Influences of Managerial Activities on Intrapreneurship: A Case Study at IBM

Submission Date: 20th of May, 2016

Course: BUSN49: Degree Project, 15 ECTS, Spring 2016

Authors: Laura Reichartz & Lea Weinert

Supervisor: Mats Benner

Keywords: Intrapreneurship, Innovation, Sense-making, Management Systems

Purpose
We aim to unravel employees' understanding and perception of the managerial influences on intrapreneurship and which potential barriers they identify among mostly uncontrolled initiatives and formalized programs. From a theoretical perspective, our project aims to gain new insights into how managerial activities impact employees and their intrapreneurial behavior at IBM.

Research Questions
1. How do employees understand the influence of formalized activities (ifundIT, Intrapreneurship@IBM, etc.) on intrapreneurship?
2. How do employees understand the influence of open activities (an enabling culture, Connections, etc.) on intrapreneurship?
3. What are the perceived tensions of the intrapreneurship process of IBM?
Method
A research based on qualitative, hermeneutic methodology. Empirical material was collected with the help of nine interviews at our case company IBM. Interviews of semi-structured nature and aimed to explore the employees understanding and perceptions. Secondary data was collected with the help of literature and company internal data, available on the employees' platform IBMConnections.

Findings
Participants of this study do not dierentiate between open and formalized activities but rather highlight the importance of the combination of both. We found that intrapreneurs are largely intrinsicilly driven to innovate but also need the support of both an enabling culture and formalized programs that provide, e.g. funding. Participants further mentioned tensions such as a missing link between corporate orientation and actual implementation.

Contribution
We contribute to intrapreneurship literature by providing a deeper and more holistic picture of how employees are influenced by both open and formalized activities that management may engage in. Our main focus was that intrapreneurs need a combination of both supporting elements, where culture forms the basis and programs need to be ingrained.},
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  title        = {The Perceived Influences of Managerial Activities on Intrapreneurship: A Case Study at IBM},
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