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Entrepreneurship as a Strategic Management Tool for Renewal—The Case of the Swedish Public Employment Service
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Accounting. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Linnaeus University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7889-2331
2019 (English)In: Administrative Sciences, ISSN 2076-3387, E-ISSN 2076-3387, Vol. 9, no 4, article id 76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we study how entrepreneurial and strategic processes develop in a public-sector organisation through a theoretical lens of Strategic Entrepreneurship (SE). Previous literature on SE practices identified a number of organisational aspects—such as organisational culture, structure, and entrepreneurial leadership—that are important to manage in order to benefit from new opportunities and strategic actions. So far, there is little knowledge about SE practices in the public sector and their possible consequences. There are also few qualitative studies in the field of SE, though arguments have been made for it. Our study is based on a longitudinal and qualitative process approach focusing on the work of the Swedish Public Employment Service’s (SPES) efforts to realise its new strategy through entrepreneurial and strategic processes. The results showed that there are several organisational tensions in relation to the processes of entrepreneurship. We have empirically contributed to previous literature by studying the SE practices of simultaneously balancing the processes of entrepreneurship and strategy. We have also contributed to a more nuanced discussion of the complexity of implementing SE practices and their relationship to organisational culture, structure and entrepreneurial leadership.

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2019. Vol. 9, no 4, article id 76
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strategic management, strategic entrepreneurship, strategy implementation, public sector, case study
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177011DOI: 10.3390/admsci9040076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177011DiVA, id: diva2:1377696
Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2019-12-16Bibliographically approved

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