Dispersed Entrepreneurship within Multinational Corporations: A Community Perspective

Lee, Soo Hee and Williams, Christopher (2007) Dispersed Entrepreneurship within Multinational Corporations: A Community Perspective. Journal of World Business, 42 (4). pp. 505-519. ISSN 1090-9516 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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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
Uncontrolled keywords: Community, Entrepreneurship, Heterarchy, Knowledge, MNC
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 15:59
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:58
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30868 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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