oa Educor Multidisciplinary Journal - A framework of intrapreneurship development for corporate entrepreneurship : a case study of organisational development

Volume 2 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2520-4254
  • E-ISSN: 2663-2349



This study’s intention is to better understand the complex internal workings of organisational dynamics by discovering what factors motivate employees to perform intrapreneurially in the business industry (McDowell). This study examined the antecedents and consequences of intrapreneurial activity in order to create an intrapreneurial framework for corporate entrepreneurship. Supporting the objective of this research, Chimucheka, as cited by Francisc, García-Rodríguez, Gutiérrez-Taño and Ruiz-Rosa (2017), indicates that entrepreneurial education has become one of the critical components of the tertiary education curriculum in South Africa. The need for specific research is evident from the limited data available regarding intrapreneurial motivation from the individual perspective within the business community. The basis of this study lies in understanding why intrapreneurs are motivated to innovate, look for opportunities, initiate risk-taking behaviour, undertake new, unproven intrapreneurial endeavours, and if the behaviour is repeated (McDowell, 2017).

The study adopted a quantitative method on a company case study. “Data was collected using survey method. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 30 participants.” This kind of methodology intended to explore the reasons for the lack of innovation in the South African workforce. The research population of this study was obtained from a sample of employees in the education institution under discussion. The information was analysed utilising an adaptation of Version 25 of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) computer program.

The results suggest that a resistance to new ideas and processes, an absence of research and development departments in most organisations, noncompliance with innovative polices, and misunderstandings all demoralise the culture of intrapreneurship and innovation. These outcomes bolster the central thesis of this study, namely that polices and processes; a lack of communication; poor mind-sets, attitudes, and old habits inhibit intrapreneurship and innovation.

This study looked beyond the common barriers to creativity and innovation that weigh against the culture of intrapreneurship in the South African workforce. The abovementioned is applied by exploring common reasons for the abovementioned barriers. This paper further unpacked the standard descriptions of barriers to creativity and innovation in an attempt to find solutions for overcoming the challenges of this subject matter.

Considering the challenges mentioned above, it is to be trusted that this project would bear some significance to the South African workforce, intrapreneurial individuals, organisation managers, and academics in general, and be valuable to all those seeking improvement in corporate entrepreneurship.

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