Summary of Corporate Entrepreneurship

Top Managers and New Business Creation

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Corporate Entrepreneurship book summary
A big corporation can be innovative, but only if its leaders think like entrepreneurs: risk-takers and rule breakers.


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This solidly researched, well-written book makes a sound case for an unconventional view of corporate entrepreneurship. Author Vijay Sathe contends that the archetype of the lonely, low-level corporate entrepreneur is a fantastic, fairy-tale critter. In fact, entrepreneurship and new business creation happen in big organizations only when corporate leadership fosters it through a mix of principles and policies. Sathe grounds his case in a detailed exposition of experiences at major corporations, and carefully considers the evidence before pronouncing any judgment. Unlike many authors of books on this subject, Sathe seems both intellectually honest and genuinely interested in nailing the truth, not in hawking a nostrum. If the book has any flaw, it is that the author takes more pains than necessary at points, and presents more detail than the reader needs. That is not a grievous fault, and finds it very easy to forgive.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How big organizations can be entrepreneurial
  • Specific policies leaders use to foster entrepreneurship
  • The fiscal controls that encourage new business development


The public is fascinated with entrepreneurs - usually the lone-genius types, the Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs or Bill Gates who starts with just an idea and a lot of grit and goes on to change the world and build a great business. That model isn’t all wrong. There is, after...
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About the Author

Vijay Sathe is Professor of Management the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, California. He wrote Controller Involvement in Management and Culture and Related Corporate Realities and co-authored Organization.

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