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Dispersed entrepreneurship within multinational corporations: a community perspective

Lee, Soo Hee and Williams, C. (2007) Dispersed entrepreneurship within multinational corporations: a community perspective. Journal of World Business 42 (4), 505 - 519. ISSN 1090-9516.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2007.08.001

Abstract

The paper develops a new theoretical perspective on the phenomenon of dispersed entrepreneurship in large multinational corporations (MNCs). We argue that the creation and sharing of knowledge in entrepreneurial initiatives involving MNCs is underpinned by a behavioural theory of entrepreneurial communities and that these communities drive the evolution of the MNC organization. While we do not refute related theories of the organization as a social community or communities of practice providing a basis for learning and innovation, we suggest that a different kind of community facilitates dispersed entrepreneurial behaviours within the MNC. This community links participants by a shared desire to create new knowledge for international competition. To succeed in discovering, evaluating and exploiting new opportunities, managers need to allow and nurture situations of high-boundary porosity. The main characteristics, antecedents and consequences of these communities are identified and presented as a conceptual model.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): MNC, entrepreneurship, community, heterarchy, knowledge
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 11:10
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3996

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