Organization renewal through entrepreneurial initiatives: When the seed changes the soil
Journal article, 2018

The literature on innovation/change predicts that entrepreneurial initiatives will be killed by the established organizational system. The general answer is to put innovations in separate units. This is not possible for corporate entrepreneurship initiatives, however. In this action research study, we focus on corporate entrepreneurship initiatives’ strategies for survival. We collected data by following 11 corporate entrepreneurship initiatives as they were pursued. We summarize their effort in three transformation mechanisms: aligning with purpose, creating trust, and creating attachment with autonomy. The data indicate that these factors not only contributed to the success of the initiatives but also to renewing the organizational system.

corporate entrepreneurship


Transformation mechanisms

organizational change





Tobias Fredberg

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Johanna Pregmark

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Research in Organizational Change and Development

0897-3016 (ISSN)

Vol. 26 99-126

Subject Categories

Business Administration



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