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From Professionals to Entrepreneurs : HR Practices as an Enabler for Fostering Corporate Entrepreneurship in Professional Service Firms

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Kühn, Christopher ; Eymann, Torsten ; Urbach, Nils ; Schweizer, André:
From Professionals to Entrepreneurs : HR Practices as an Enabler for Fostering Corporate Entrepreneurship in Professional Service Firms.
In: German Journal of Human Resource Management. Vol. 30 (2016) Issue 2 . - pp. 125-154.
ISSN 0179-6437
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2397002216632134

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Professional Service Firms (PSFs) such as accounting, consulting, law, engineering or advertising firms increasingly face changing attitudes and fluctuation among young high potentials that question traditional career and human resource (HR) concepts. In this context, it seems vital to foster a spirit of corporate entrepreneurship in PSFs to create an attractive environment that satisfies the autonomy-striving professionals. Our research is based on a multiple case study design that investigates how corporate entrepreneurship in the fields of elite accounting/consulting and law firms can be enabled by HR practices. Specifically, we analyse how contemporary PSFs manage to identify, select, build, reward, retain and let go of entrepreneurial professionals. Our findings imply that there are still challenges to overcome in the identification, selection and reward practices, while promising approaches for training and retention exist to prosper entrepreneurial behaviour. Based on these findings, we present HR-related recommendations for fostering corporate entrepreneurship in PSFs and highlight some promising avenues for future research.

Abstract in another language

Professional Service Firms (PSFs), wie Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Beratungsgesellschaften, Rechtsanwaltskanzleien, Ingenieurbüros oder Werbeagenturen, stehen vor der Herausforderung sich verändernder Arbeitseinstellungen und Fluktuation unter jungen Professionals, die bisherige Karriere- und Human Ressource (HR)-Konzepte zunehmend in Frage stellen. In diesem Umfeld erscheint es essentiell für PSFs, durch internes Unternehmertum eine attraktive Umgebung für nach Eigenverantwortlichkeit strebende Professionals zu schaffen. Unsere Untersuchung basiert auf einer multiplen Fallstudie, die die Unterstützung von Corporate Entrepreneurship durch HR-Praktiken im Bereich führender Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Beratungsgesellschaften sowie Rechtsanwaltskanzleien untersucht. Im Einzelnen werden dabei Ansätze der PSFs für Identifizierung, Auswahl, Aufbau, Belohnung, Halten und Gehen lassen von unternehmerischen Professionals thematisiert. Unsere Ergebnisse implizieren, dass noch immer offene Herausforderungen bei der Identifikation, Selektion und Belohnung bestehen, während bei Ausbildung und Bindung unternehmerischer Professionals aussichtsreiche Ansätze, für das Gedeihen internen Unternehmertums existieren. Aufbauend auf den Ergebnissen werden HR-bezogene Empfehlungen für die Unterstützung internen Unternehmertums in PSFs vorgestellt sowie abschließend Ausblicke auf vielversprechende zukünftige Forschungsthemen gegeben.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: Paralleltitel der Zeitschrift: Zeitschrift für Personalforschung
Keywords: Professional Service Firms; HRM; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Intrapreneurship; Entrepreneurial Professionals
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII > Chair Business Administration VII - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and strategic IT management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Innovation and Consumer Protection
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 07:50
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 11:37
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/29910