How companies motivate entrepreneurial employees : the case of organizational spin-alongs

P. Klarner, T. Michl, A. Picot

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This paper investigates how high profile employees with entrepreneurial abilities can be attracted, retained, and nurtured in order to foster companies’ corporate entrepreneurship activities. We identify a specific organization design, the spin-along approach, which provides entrepreneurial employees with a combination of flexibility and security ("flexicurity") and management with control to monitor. Based on an in-depth case study, our results show how organizational spin-alongs – with their elements of flexibility, security, and control – can lead to the attraction, nurturing, and retention of entrepreneurial employees. Moreover, we find that senior management has a critical leadership role in enabling such an organization design by balancing flexibility and security with control.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPresentation at the 12th European Academy of Management (EURAM 2012), 6-8 June 2012, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherErasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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