Exploring the Parallel Use of Multiple Corporate Entrepreneurship Units: An Empirical Investigation of the German Business Landscape

Nicolai Heinzelmann*, Thomas Freitag, Roland Ortt, Guido H. Baltes

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Corporate Entrepreneurship (CE) units have become an increasingly important part of established companies' development activities enabling them to also create more discontinuous innovations. As a result, companies have developed and implemented different forms of CE units, such as corporate accelerators, incubators, startup supplier programs, and corporate venture capital. Driven by the need to innovate, companies have even begun to use multiple CE units simultaneously. However, this has not been empirically investigated yet. Thus, with this study, we aim to shed some light on this by investigating the parallel use of multiple CE units in the German business landscape. We conducted an extensive desk research, combining, coding, and analyzing different sources. We found that 55 out of 165 large established companies have multiple CE units, which allowed us to characterize the parallel use and identify differences and similarities, e.g., in terms of industry, company size, and CE forms implemented. We conclude by presenting different implications for both practice and research and by pointing out directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationShaping the Future, ICE 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)9798350315172
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event29th International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation, ICE 2023 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 202322 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 29th International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation: Shaping the Future, ICE 2023

Conference

Conference29th International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation, ICE 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period19/06/2322/06/23

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project https://www.openaccess.nl/en/you-share-we-take-care Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.

Keywords

  • Co-Specialization
  • Combinations
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • German Industry
  • Support Units

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