A discussion paper on social intrapreneurship

This paper produced by the Doughty Centre at the Cranfield University examines the potential value of social intrapreneurship, and provisionally defines a social intrapreneur as “a person within a large corporation who takes direct initiative for innovation which addresses social or environmental challenges profitably.”

The definition explains why social intrapreneurs hold the potential for large scale innovation and change.

The authors believe that the value of studying social intrapreneurship lies in its potential to develop solutions to global challenges because social intrapreneurs can leverage existing infrastructures and organizational capabilities to deliver social value already at scale.



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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues

Regions / countries / territories

Europe: United Kingdom

Global issues

Community development; Job creation and enterprise development; Financial accessibility...show all (5)

Business sectors

Accounting and management services; Community and social services; Finance