Corporate entrepreneurship: a systematic literature review and future research agenda

David Urbano, Andreu Turro, Mike Wright, Shaker Zahra

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This article analyzes the state of the art of the research on corporate entrepreneurship, develops a conceptual framework that connects its antecedents and consequences, and offers an agenda for future research. We review 310 papers published in entrepreneurship and management journals, providing an assessment of the current state of research and, subsequently, we suggest research avenues in three different areas: corporate entrepreneurship antecedents, dimensions and consequences. Even though a significant part of the overall corporate entrepreneurship literature has appeared in the last decade, most literature reviews were published earlier. These reviews typically cover a single dimension of the corporate entrepreneurship phenomenon and, therefore, do not provide a global perspective on the existing literature. In addition, corporate entrepreneurship has been studied from different fields and there are different approaches and definitions to it. This limits our understanding of accumulated knowledge in this area and hampers the development of further research. Our review addresses these shortcomings, providing a roadmap for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1541-1565
Number of pages25
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Our co-author, Mike Wright, sadly passed away before this article was published. He is sorely missed. David Urbano acknowledges the financial support from the projects ECO2017-87885-P (Spanish Ministry of Economy & Competitiveness) and 2017-SGR-1056 (Economy & Knowledge Department, Catalan Government), and ICREA under ICREA Academia programme.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s).


  • Bibliometrics
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Corporate venturing
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Strategic renewal
  • Systematic literature review


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