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The role of intrapreneurship for sustainable innovation through process innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises: a conceptual framework

Widya Hastuti, A. and Talib, N. B. A. and Wong, K. Y. and Mardani, A. (2016) The role of intrapreneurship for sustainable innovation through process innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises: a conceptual framework. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, 6 (3). pp. 83-91. ISSN 2146-4138

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Abstract

A focus on innovation alone is not sufficient for sustainability in the current hostile business environment. Environment awareness and social impact as well as economic place demands on firms to contribute to sustainable development. As such, there is increased interest in sustainable innovation. On the other sides, intrapreneurship spirit of internal initiative of a firm as firm-specific capabilities is proposed to facilitate this. In the manufacturing firms, process is considered as critical and source to be innovative. Hence, process innovation is utilized to translate intrapreneurship capability for sustainable innovation. To face new circumstances in the business environment for the sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the role of intrapreneurship in transforming process innovation under existing technology for sustainable innovation achievement is another interesting view to be explored. This paper discusses the role of intrapreneurship in attaining sustainable innovation through process innovation in SMEs and develop it into an integrated framework. The framework shows that the elements of proactiveness, risk taking and autonomy in intrapreneurship provides a leverage for sustainable economic, environmental and social innovation. The study further suggests empirical investigation in the firms for future research.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:intrapreneurship, process innovation, sustainable innovation
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions:Management
ID Code:72417
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:21 Nov 2017 16:17
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 16:17

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