Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 291 2017
Benefits of Intrapreneurship
To the Organization
Intrapreneurship is budget friendly. It makes use of existing staff
and does not require structural changes to the organization that
may involve administrative departments like Human Resources or
Finance. The lightweight nature of the process encourages temporary
and informal arrangements that can be assessed for usefulness and
impact early and often. This feedback loop can provide excellent
insight into staff satisfaction, user needs, and service-delivery levels.
Cross-departmentmental collaboration is a common element of
intrapreneurship in large organizations. Assembling new teams
or adding members with complementary skills and knowledge
to long-standing teams is an opportunity to address problems
with a new perspective, share skills across department lines,
and bring departments closer together. Timely collaboration
allows teams to acquire needed resources more quickly than
hiring and fewer training resources are required. Collaborative
arrangements born of intrapreneurship can delay the need
for a new hire and can work as a proof of concept for job
posting and hiring decisions, helping the organization become
more innovative, flexible, and responsive to user needs.
To the Librarian
The intrapreneurship framework encourages leadership at every
career stage. As long as the employee is empowered to identify
problems, gather the right resources, and build solutions, they don’t
need any particular title or authority level to practice intrapreneurship.
Working in cross-functional teams builds empathy and allows team
members to share their knowledge and collaborate effectively.5
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