Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Intrapreneurship in Public Education: An Exploration of the Antecedents and Dimensions
by Mann, Gerald R., Jr., Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2018, 125; 10978042
Abstract (Summary)

K-12 public schools are under immense pressure to meet the demands of several competing priorities. These priorities include, but extend beyond, educating students, providing social services, meeting benchmarks for the state and federal mandates, engaging with their community, and dealing with parents, being instructional leaders, and supervising staff members. Identifying the needs of the district, schools, and students is a daunting task for every school district and an imperative task for leaders.

This study explored whether intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship within an existing organization, could be a framework to help school districts meet these daunting demands. This quantitative study focused on an urban/suburban school district and examined the antecedents and dimensions of intrapreneurship in public K-12 education. Its main proposition was that environmental and organizational characteristics would relate positively to intrapreneurship and that together these two characteristics would also relate positively to intrapreneurship. Additionally, there were 11 sub-propositions, which examined whether the characteristics embedded within the antecedents of environment and organization also had positive relationships with intrapreneurship. Quantitative data gathering occurred through an electronic survey. The data analysis used descriptive and inferential statistic procedures.

The findings from this case study, although not generalizable to every school district, indicate that intrapreneurship is possible in public K-12 education. The findings were statistically significant, and the antecedents of environment and organization had positive relationships to intrapreneurship. Furthermore, nine of the 11 sub-propositions also had positive relationships to intrapreneurship. Lastly, favorability to change, organizational support, and industry growth were all main drivers of the antecedents in relation to intrapreneurship. This study adds to the literature on intrapreneurship in public K-12 education and offers insights for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ihrig, Martin
Commitee: Hoffman, Mark M., Supovitz, Jonathan A.
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Educational and Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Education
Keywords: Intrapreneur, Intrapreneurship
Publication Number: 10978042
ISBN: 9780438762770
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