On December 15, 2017 I gave a lecture on Social Networks, Social Capital, and Intrapreneurship to students of the Master of Science in Strategic Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The lecture is part of the course Corporate Entrepreneurship in which students learn how established firms can manage and promote intrapreneurship.
The lecture is based on the premise that innovation within firms is a social process and that the relationships you have at work enable or constrain your innovativeness. The relationships among employees—or the companies’ social network—therefore has an important effect on corporate entrepreneurship. We explored this effect by answering the following three questions:
- What are social networks?
- What is social capital?
- What are the effects of different types of social capital on intrapreneurially behavior?
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- Cross, R., Nohria, N., & Parker, A. 2002. Six Myths About Informal Networks — and How To Overcome Them. MIT Sloan Management Review, 43(3): 66–75.