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Linking two worlds? Entrepreneurial orientation in public enterprises : a systematic review and research agenda

  • Contemporary public enterprises differ from their forebears. Today, they are more similar to private enterprises, receiving far more attention than previously, when privatization processes all over the world were in the spotlight. Furthermore, the broad research stream of entrepreneurship has so far neglected the consideration of public enterprises. To set a future research agenda, the author examines the dispersed literature using an integrative and organizing framework to identify major topics and research findings. This paper reviews articles that investigate the entrepreneurship in contemporary public enterprises. Despite the growing scholarly interest globally, this systematic literature review indicates there is no more than a loose connection between the literature streams of public entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship. Specifically, the review shows that the multidimensional concept of entrepreneurial orientation has thus far been ignored, although autonomy plays a significant role in the literature review, namely in the context of the interference of the public owner. It also reveals other essential research gaps, such as the development of a modern theory of public enterprises. The linked research stream of public-sector corporate entrepreneurship offers a broad area of scholarly research and should encourage further investigation.

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Author of HS ReutlingenTremml, Timo
Erschienen in:Annals of public and cooperative economics
Place of publication:Oxford
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2019
Tag:entrepreneurial orientation; public enterprise; public-sector corporate entrepreneurship
Page Number:27
First Page:25
Last Page:51
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  Lizenzbedingungen Wiley