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Title: Individual intrapreneurship in organisations : a new measure of intrapreneurial outcomes
Author: North, Joanna Jean
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 3572
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2015
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The motivation for this study is to surface a new perspective of intrapreneurship by demonstrating a measurable correlation between key attributes for individual intrapreneurship from the literature and outcome benefits for the organisaton. The major deliverable is the design of a new measure of individual intrapreneurial outcomes, through a survey of 248 industrialists. SEM and EFA are used to provide both theory-driven and data-driven perspectives. Given the similarity between the indices, no one single index stands out as providing a superior measurement of intrapreneurship, however an index based on an 11-item factor analysis is proposed. The measure presented is used to show how attributes often associated with intrapreneurs in the literature correlate with positive organizational outcomes generated by those individuals. These attributes are personality, tested via the Big Five Personality Questionnaire; self-perceptions of emotional intelligence, via Schutteet al's (1998) SSEIT; and perceptions of innovation climate, via the Dolphin Index. Three of the Big Five personality traits - neuroticism, extraversion, openness - are statistically significant at the 99% level. Selfperception of emotional intelligence is positively and statistically significantly correlated with the new derived Intrapreneurial Outcome measure, which supports the hypothesis that the greater the individual's self-perceptions of emotional intelligence, the greater the Intrapreneurial Outcome. Innovation climate dimensions that are most associated with intrapreneurship are dynamism, risk taking, ideaproliferation and idea support. In summary, the benefits of correlating key attributes of successful intrapreneurs to positive organisational outcomes are identified, and measurement of these outcomes by individuals is shown to be a gap in the literature. A new, generically applicable measure of individual intrapreneurial outcomes on a scale is proposed, correlations are identified between positive intrapreneurial outcomes at the organisational level and specific elements of personality, emotional intelligence and innovation climate. These resonate with some of the key themes within the intrapreneurship literature.
Supervisor: ward, ae Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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