Corporate Entrepreneurship: Top Managers and New Business Creation

Corporate Entrepreneurship: Top Managers and New Business Creation

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Vijay Sathe
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reissue, 8/21/2008
EAN 9780521531979, ISBN10: 0521531977

Paperback, 408 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

How do large corporations encourage their senior managers to become more entrepreneurial? This is a key question which is seldom addressed in mainstream entrepreneurship studies. Professor Sathe has written this study based on hundreds of hours of interviews with senior managers to help understand why some organizations and some top managers are better than others in fostering entrepreneurship leading to successful new business growth. Corporate Entrepreneurship explores the real world of top managers in a systematic and comprehensive way, examining business realities, the management culture, the corporate philosophy, the organizational politics, the personalities and the personal agendas of the people at the top. The book offers both a theory of corporate entrepreneurship and practical advice on how to manage it better. An interesting and valuable contribution to the literature on strategic management, this is a book that will appeal to graduate students, researchers and reflective practitioners.

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List of abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Why a consistent emphasis and approach for new business creation is beneficial but difficult to achieve
Part I. The Business Environment
3. The external business environment
4. The internal business environment
Part II. The Management Culture
5. Shared beliefs about rewards, risks, opportunities and rule-bending
6. Shared beliefs about control and learning
Part III. The Corporate Executives
7. The bigger-is-better corporate philosophy
8. The small-is-beautiful corporate philosophy
9. New business creation challenges for corporate executives
10. Guidance and coaching by the DGM's boss and support and challenge by the controllers
Part IV. The Division General Manager
11. The DGM's personal assets
12. The DGM's motivation and strategy for new business creation
13. Building corporate support for new business creation
14. Leading the division for new business creation
Part V. The Division and Its Top Management Team
15. The identification and pursuit of new business opportunities
16. Other new business creation challenges for the division
17. The division's organization, competence and collaboration for new business creation
18. The effectiveness of the division's top management team
Part IV. Putting it All Together
19. How the five major influences interact to drive new business creation
20. Managing ten critical issues in new business creation