Managing entrepreneurs within organizations

Jane E. Humble, Robert R. Treloar

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It is suggested that entrepreneurs have characteristics and preferences which distinguish them from the typical corporate employee. Sometimes these individuals leave organizations to start new companies, and sometimes economic conditions force them to hold corporate positions. If these people are appropriately placed and effectively managed, they can be very valuable to the organization. However, if they are placed in positions which do not allow expression of their unique characteristics, or if corporate reward systems do not meet their needs, they will likely become demotivated and unproductive. It is argued that entrepreneurs within organizations may be motivated by different factors than other employees. The basic concepts of motivation are the same, but the emphasis and outcomes will probably be different from those of the typical corporate employee. It is concluded that to effectively motivate individuals to accomplish corporate goals, the corporate reward system should be flexible enough to meet individual needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings, International Engineering Management Conference 1990
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, United States
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1990
Event1990 International Engineering Management Conference - Santa Clara, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 21 1990Oct 24 1990


Other1990 International Engineering Management Conference
CitySanta Clara, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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