Abstract

Over the last decades, the importance of corporate entrepreneurship has been increasingly emphasised by both academics and practitioners. For policy makers, entrepreneurial organisations have been seen as a source of innovation and growth. From an organisational perspective, corporate entrepreneurship has been described as a means of gaining a competitive advantage or even as a prerequisite for staying in business.

In the regional development field, labour mobility has been proposed as a source of corporate innovation. It is argued that labour mobility facilitates idea and knowledge dissemination and contributes to extended networks of organisations and individuals. However, studies at an organisational level are generally less optimistic about the effects of labour mobility; e.g. employee turnover has been found to be negatively related to innovativeness among firms.

Lately, there has been an increasing interest in the role of individuals in innovative and entrepreneurial organisations. Recent studies show that even within today’s lean organisations a few individuals instigate a substantial part of organisations’ innovative activities. The present study focuses on individuals within innovative projects and how different aspects of mobility (e.g. labour market mobility and to what extent the individual has changed area of work), affect the individuals behaviour within these projects.

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