Emerging issues in corporate entrepreneurship

Gregory G. Dess, R. Duane Ireland, Shaker A. Zahra, Steven W. Floyd, Jay J. Janney, Peter J. Lane

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Research on corporate entrepreneurship (CE) has grown rapidly over the past decade. In this article, we identify four major issues scholars can pursue to further our understanding about CE. The issues we explore include various forms of CE (e.g., sustained regeneration, domain redefinition) and their implications for organizational learning; the role of leadership and social exchange in the CE process; and, key research opportunities relevant to CE in an international context. To address the latter issue, we propose a typology that separates content from process-related studies and new ventures vs. established companies. We close with a reassessment of the outcomes in CE research, which becomes particularly salient with the increasing importance of social, human, and intellectual capital in creating competitive advantages and wealth in today's knowledge economy. Throughout the article, we use the organizational learning theory as a means of integrating our discussion and highlighting the potential contributions of CE to knowledge creation and effective exploitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-378
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003


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