Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Encouraging employee entrepreneurial spirit: A phenomenological case study of a large technology enterprise
by Kovacev, Robert John, Sr., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2008, 241; 3327213
Abstract (Summary)

Technology enterprise leaders encounter an intense global competition in the marketplace not experienced in former traditional domestic markets. To compete effectively, leaders have the opportunity to transition from a classic vertical integration strategy to an open innovation strategy. This enables the enterprise to create disruptive change in new markets using proprietary company innovations and technologies by creating spin-out companies led by entrepreneurial employees. The study examined results of Innovation Initiative Program by a major U.S. defense firm to encourage employee entrepreneurial spirit and assist employees to form innovative start-up ventures for spin-out of company proprietary technologies and innovations into new markets. The study examined factors that caused program to termination after only 5 years of operation and recommends program changes to the to make it more effective as a means to implement an open innovation strategy. The research identified six emergent themes: (a) Participant interest and motivation was high for a variety of reasons; (b) program objectives and processes were inconsistent and changed frequently; (c) the program realized significant successes in spite of changing objectives and processes; (d) there were significant program deficiencies leading to the ultimate termination; (e) major distractions within the firm and conditions outside the firm contributed to the ultimate program termination; (f) simple changes to program organization and leadership can make the program successful in the company and in other organizations. The study offers a four-factor model for program success in large and mid-sized process-oriented technology firms, not-for-profit institutions, government organizations, and universities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Morris, Johnny L.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior, Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
Keywords: Bureaucracy, Corporate culture, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Open innovation strategy, Technology, Technology enterprise
Publication Number: 3327213
ISBN: 978-0-549-79687-9
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