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Managing Intrapreneurial Employees in Internationalized Services: Challenges and Opportunities

Managing Intrapreneurial Employees in Internationalized Services: Challenges and Opportunities
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Author(s): Maria de Lurdes Calisto (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Portugal)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 17
Source title: Project Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0196-1.ch085

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Abstract

One of the most relevant sources of innovation for services is related to bottom-up informal processes that might originate anywhere in the organization, resulting from the autonomous behavior of individuals – i.e. intrapreneurial behavior. On the one hand, intrapreneurial behavior is particularly relevant for service firms because of the strategic importance of employee-client interactions. On the other hand, there is growing recognition in the literature as to the potential role played by a multinational workforce in innovation and organizational learning. The author's goal with this chapter is to provide the reader with insights on how strategic human resources management policies and practices are essential to provide the necessary environment for intrapreneurial behavior to emerge in service firms, and how these policies and practices have to take into account the circumstances of a multinational workforce.

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