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Laboratory for Diaconical Entrepreneurship – Fostering Intrapreneurs to Innovative Social Services

Schröer, Andreas/ Händel, Richard (2016):

Laboratory for Diaconical Entrepreneurship – Fostering Intrapreneurs to Innovative Social Services.

Essays and Reports from Practice. Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Society Practice Vol. 7 No. 2, 199-201.


Zusammenfassung der Publikation

The question of how to foster social innovation and how to create better, more effective and need-based social services is increasingly discussed in the nonprofit literature and in diaconial organizations. While most current empirical research the potential and effectiveness of social entrepreneurship, this article focusses on intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurship is defined as the use of entrepreneurial behavior and start-up practices within existing organizations. This article presents results from a one-year study based on a multi-method action research design of a cooperative lab to foster social intrapreneurship in a diaconal social service organization. The lab has increased entrepreneurial competencies of participating personnel and the participants' self-identification as intrapreneurs, it has also contributed to the creation of new social service models. The influence of the lab process on the diaconal organization in its entirety however, could not yet be demonstrated. 


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