Intrapreneurship

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Intrapreneurship'

Acting like an entrepreneur within a larger organization. The term is derived from a combination of "intra" or internal, and "entrepreneurship." Intraprenuers are usually highly self-motivated, proactive and action-oriented people who are comfortable with taking the initiative, even within the boundaries of an organization, in pursuit of an innovative product or service.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Intrapreneurship'

Behavioral characteristics of intrapreneurship include initiative, an ability to "think outside the box", risk-taking and leadership - all traits that are also possessed by successful entrepreneurs. The major difference between entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs is that the fruits of success default to the organization rather than to the intrapreneur. On the other hand, the intrapreneur also has the comfort of knowing that failure will not have a personal cost - as it would for an entrepreneur - since the organization would absorb losses arising from failure.


An increasing number of U.S. companies now encourage intrapreneurship, especially in certain sectors such as technology and biotechnology.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Ideation

    The process of forming and relating ideas. Ideation means to ...
  2. Intrapreneur

    An inside entrepreneur, or an entrepreneur within a large firm, ...
  3. Venture Capital

    Money provided by investors to startup firms and small businesses ...
  4. Pre-Money Valuation

    A slang phrased that refers to the value of a company's stock ...
  5. Seed Capital

    The initial capital used to start a business. Seed capital often ...
  6. Entrepreneur

    An individual who, rather than working as an employee, runs a ...
Related Articles
  1. Entrepreneurship

    Are You An Entrepreneur?

    Many people want to start a business, but not everyone has what it takes to succeed.
  2. Entrepreneurship

    5 Alternatives To Starting Your Own Business

    Want to start your own business but don't want the hassle of doing it by yourself? Find out how.
  3. Entrepreneurship

    The Giants Of Finance: Andrew Carnegie

    Though not as well-remembered as some of his contemporaries, Andrew Carnegie's legacy is strong and moralistic.
  4. Entrepreneurship

    Business Startup Costs: It's In The Details

    Don't overlook the details when starting up a business. It's the small expenses that have the potential to make or break a great idea.
  5. Entrepreneurship

    Best Books For Entrepeneurs

    Entrepreneurs wear many hats. Here are books that will help you find and manage talent, provide ultimate customer service, drive up sales, and much more.
  6. Professionals

    What does C-Suite Mean?

    C-Suite is a slang term used to describe the highest level senior executives of a corporation. This is the decision-making, power center of a company. These individuals are usually paid well, ...
  7. Entrepreneurship

    Go To College Or Become An Entrepreneur?

    The rising cost of higher education and high unemployment rate following the Great Recession has caused many young people to question the value of college.
  8. Entrepreneurship

    How to Make Money with YouTube

    YouTube is the third most visited site in the world, and numerous people are making money thanks to the site's popularity. Here's how you can do it.
  9. Investing

    What is Asset Management?

    In the investment world, asset management refers to active management of an investor’s portfolio by a financial services company – usually an investment bank.
  10. Investing

    Who are Stakeholders?

    “Stakeholder” is used in commerce to describe any party who has an interest in a business or enterprise. Traditionally, stakeholders in a corporation are shareholders, employees, customers and ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Risk Averse

    A description of an investor who, when faced with two investments with a similar expected return (but different risks), will ...
  2. Fixed-Charge Coverage Ratio

    A ratio that indicates a firm's ability to satisfy fixed financing expenses, such as interest and leases. It is calculated ...
  3. Efficiency Ratio

    Ratios that are typically used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. Efficiency Ratios ...
  4. Fixed Cost

    A cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Fixed costs are expenses ...
  5. Subsidy

    A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy ...
  6. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
Trading Center