Intrapreneurship as a means of achieving the efficacy of state-owned enterprises

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title Intrapreneurship as a means of achieving the efficacy of state-owned enterprises
Creator Chamba, Lucy T. Chazireni, Bobo
Subject — intrapreneurship; intrapreneurial orientation (IO); organisational performance; public value; service delivery
Description Background: It is an imperative in most developing countries to improve the performance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and increase the accessibility of government services. State-Owned Enterprises have failed to deliver public value rendering most public services inefficient and costly.Aim: This study seeks to establish the influence of intrapreneurship on the efficacy of SOEs in developing countries, using the case of SOEs in Zimbabwe.Setting: The study took place in Zimbabwe.Methods: A mixed research approach was adopted and a cross-sectional survey was used to collect data from managers and employees of 39 parastatals in Zimbabwe. Data collection instruments were questionnaires and interviews. Data collected from questionnaires were analysed using STATA version 12, whilst data from interviews were analysed using thematic analysis.Results: The study revealed that most SOEs have a poor Intrapreneurship Orientation, which negatively impacts on the performance of SOEs. Most SOEs generally have low innovation levels and have not developed services in line with customer demands. However, SOEs anchored in an intrapreneurial architecture were able to achieve greater public value through innovations which led to better service delivery and cost effectiveness.Conclusion: This study advances the notion of intrapreneurship and revealed that intrapreneurship is a strategic workplace activity which can be adopted to improve SOEs’ organisational performance.Contribution: This study provides empirical evidence of the use of intrapreneurship as a systematic mechanism that can improve organisational performance and assist SOEs in emerging economies to sustain their role as engines of economic growth.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-05-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Mixed-methods
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v11i1.611
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 11, No 1 (2023); 10 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
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Coverage Africa 2019-2021 Employees from public sector organisations
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Lucy T. Chamba, Bobo Chazireni