BUSINESS: Corporate Entrepreneurship (03) – Definitions part II

Covin & Miles have also presented a definition of Corporate Entrepreneurship:

Corporate entrepreneurship necessarily implies the presence of innovation, but there is more to corporate entrepreneurship than innovation.

Innovation refers to the introduction of a new product, process, technology, system, technique, resource or capability to the firm or its market.

Finally, Sharma & Chrisman also give us a synthetic overview on different terms:

Corporate entrepreneurship

organizational creation, renewal or innovation

+ instigated by an existing organizational entity


introduction of something new to marketplace

+ potential to transform competitive environment and organization

+ usually occurring in concert with corporate venturing or strategic renewal

Internal corporate venturing

organizational creation

+ instigated by an existing organizational entity

+ treated as new businesses

+ reside within existing organizational domain


Bibliographical references:

[1] Corporate entrepreneurship and the pursuit of competitive advantage

Jeffrey G. Covin, Morgan P. Miles, In: Entrepreneurship theory and practice, 1999

[2] Toward a reconciliation of the definitional issues in the field of Corporate Entrepreneurship

Pramodita Sharma, James J. Chrisman, In: Entrepreneurship theory and practice, 1999

NEWS: Google IPO

Waouw, it’s time for IPO. Let’s have a look at the Google’s annoucement itself or an ABC newsonline article – Google files for share offer. Because of the SEC’s document, we know now a little more about the financial situation of the company, which is, as expected, quite good :-)

  • Expected stock raising: $US 2.7 billion
  • Figures 2003
  • – Revenues: $US 961.9 miliion

    – Net profit: $US 105.6 million

  • Figures Q1 2004
  • – Revenues: $US 389.6 million

    – Net profit: 63.9 million

  • Available cash: $US 454 million
  • Umh, not a bad situation ;-)

    BUSINESS: Corporate Entrepreneurship (02) – Definitions part I

    The terminology in the fields of corporate entrepreneurship and innovation could be confusing. Thus it seems to be necessary to first review some of the definitions used and to present some basic structures in these fields.

    Sharma and Chrisman present an overview of the different definitions in the field of entrepreneurship:

    A variety of terms are used for the entrepreneurial efforts within an existing organization such as corporate entrepreneurship (Burgelman, 1983 ; Zahra, 1993), corporate venturing (Biggadike, 1979), intrepreneuring (Pinchot, 1985), internal corporate entrepreneurship (Jones & Butler, 1992), internal entrepreneurship (Schollhammer, 1982 ; Vesper, 1984), strategic renewal (Guth & Ginsberg, 1990) and venturing (Hornsby, Naffziger, Kuratko & Montagno, 1993).

    Entrepreneurship encompasses acts of organizational creation, renewal or innovation that occur within or outside an existing organization.

    Entrepreneurs are individuals or groups of individuals, acting independently or as part of a corporate system, who create new organizations, or instigate renewal or innovation within an existing organization.

    Burgelman, in his work, also proposes a definition of Entrepreneurship:

    Corporate entrepreneurship refers to the process whereby firms engage in diversification through internal development. Such diversification requires new resource combinations to extend the firm’s activities in areas unrelated or marginally related to its current domain of competence and corresponding opportunity set. [2]

    This definition can be compared with the one proposed by Sharma & Chrisman:

    Corporate entrepreneurship is the process whereby an individual or a group of individuals in association with existing organization, create a new organization or instigate renewal or innovation within that organization. [1]


    Bibliographical references:

    [1] Toward a reconciliation of the definitional issues in the field of Corporate Entrepreneurship

    Pramodita Sharma, James J. Chrisman, In: Entrepreneurship theory and practice, 1999

    [2] Corporate entrepreneurship and strategic management: insights from a process study

    Robert A. Burgelman, In: Management Science, 1983

    BUSINESS: Corporate Entrepreneurship (01)

    I will post differents articles about Corporate Entrepreneurship in the next days. I think it’s the right time, some of you know what I mean ;-) These posts will be based on quotations from a marvelous book written by Bartlett and Ghoshal (I published a blog about the death of Ghoshal some days ago), called The Individualized Corporation: A Fundamentally New Approach to Management.

    As usual, we will begin with some definitions about Corporate Entrepreneurship. You will see, not so easy to define this notion :-) We will then discuss some thoughts from Jack Welch (and his vision) about Corporate Entrepreneurship by General Electric. The third part will be dedicated to innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship by 3M. And we will conclude with general ideas from Bartlett and Ghoshal about Corporate Entrepreneurship.

    BUSINESS: what is the real added value of eCommerce for consumers?

    A recent article of the New York Times (free online registration) – Choice trumps price on Internet – points out that the real added value of Internet for the consumers is not only, as expected, a lower price (average of 6 to 16%), but more a question of selection. In this field, selection means a bigger amount of product choices. For example, Wal-mart offers online 6 times more products than its biggest “real” store (!).

    This paper is based on a study from Erik Brynjolfsson of the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is, among other things, Director of the MIT Center for eBusiness. I must say, I like very much the slogan of the Center for eBusiness: “eBusiness is Business”. One of the logo from the eCenter, the unit I’m responsible for by the Helvetia Patria Group, looks like this:

    About the same vision :-)

    BLOG: disclaimer

    I’m blogging since about two months, without having any disclaimer, which is definitely not a good idea ;-) So please find below my disclaimer:


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