Engagement of family executive members in intrapreneurship in the family business

Abraham Carmeli, Ari Dothan

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Abstract

Intrapreneurship is key for driving new knowledge creation and innovation. We seek to answer a major question concerning the motives underlying intrapreneurship, and particularly regarding what motivates the engagement of family executive members in intrapreneurship in family businesses. We expand social identity and role theories to explain the different social identification mechanisms that link family-family business identity (in)congruence to family executive members’ engagement in intrapreneurship. We also specify individual differences as boundary conditions—proactive personality and entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and, tenacity—for the pathways that link identity incongruence and intrapreneurship. Our work contributes to the literature by advancing a social identity lens of intrapreneurship—explaining not only why identity drives intrapreneurship but also why identity incongruence may lead engagement in the pursuit of new venture initiatives within an organization, and further, by focusing on family businesses, contextualize research on intrapreneurship. Finally, we offer some important implications for practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Technology Transfer
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Funding

We wish to thank the editor and two anonymous reviewers of this journal for their helpful comments and suggestions. We are also appreciative of the helpful feedback we received from Blake Ashforth, Michael Pratt, Nava Michael Tsabari, and Karl Wennberg on earlier drafts of this manuscript. We acknowledge the financial support from the Jeremy Coller Foundation (Grant No. 2019-1), the Henry Crown Institute of Business Research in Israel and Raya Strauss Center for Family Business Research (Grant No. 2019-2). All remaining errors are entirely mine.

FundersFunder number
Henry Crown Institute of Business Research in Israel and Raya Strauss Center for Family Business Research2019-2
Jeremy Coller Foundation2019-1

    Keywords

    • Ambivalent identification
    • Family business
    • Identity
    • Intrapreneurship
    • Knowledge creation and innovation
    • Meta-identification

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