Are graduates’ intrapreneurial skills optimally used for innovation?

Sanne van Wetten*, Ruud Gerards, Andries de Grip

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Abstract

This paper studies the extent to which higher education graduates with higher intrapreneurial skills – creative, brokering, and championing skills – are more involved in innovation. Crucially, we differentiate between graduates employed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations and those employed in business occupations. Using data on higher education graduates from 11 European countries, we find that, in both STEM and business occupations, high levels of creative skills are important to involvement in innovation. Higher levels of brokering skills are particularly important for graduates employed in STEM occupations, whereas higher levels of championing skills are particularly important for those in business occupations. We find, however, that the innovative potential of graduates with higher levels of intrapreneurial skills is not optimally utilized for innovation. Our study provides valuable insights for those selecting graduates for STEM and business occupations based on specific intrapreneurial skills to foster both product and process innovation, as well as for those in charge of designing higher education study curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102131
Number of pages19
JournalTechnovation
Volume96-97
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

JEL classifications

  • l26 - Entrepreneurship
  • j24 - "Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity"

Keywords

  • STEM
  • business
  • innovation
  • intrapreneurship
  • occupations
  • skill mismatch
  • skills
  • RECRUITMENT
  • Occupations
  • RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT
  • BEHAVIOR
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • JOB-SATISFACTION
  • HIGHER-EDUCATION
  • MODEL
  • Intrapreneurship
  • MISMATCH
  • Innovation
  • OBSOLESCENCE
  • Skills
  • CREATIVITY
  • Skill mismatch
  • Business

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