Transforming a traditional research organization through public entrepreneurship Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Public entrepreneurship is much like its private sector counterpart; however, public entrepreneurs face additional challenges due to weaker competitive forces in the public as compared to private sector, with objectives that often are poorly defined and performance that is difficult to measure. Despite the impact on public good, how to enact changes successfully in public sector organizations to be more entrepreneurial is poorly understood. This article summarizes current research on public entrepreneurship and presents a detailed case study of a successful entrepreneurial change in a public sector organization. A five-step change process used to enhance entrepreneurial behaviors was implemented in a public sector organization and the qualitative and quantitative results demonstrated substantial performance improvements over 4 years (i.e., quantitative performance in some areas was more than 10 times greater). We explain key steps that produced successful outcomes and how to avoid common challenges in the implementation of ongoing entrepreneurial behaviors in public sector contexts.

published proceedings


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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Carnes, C., Gilstrap, F. E., Hitt, M. A., Ireland, R. D., Matz, J. W., & Woodman, R. W.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Carnes, Christina Matz Y||Gilstrap, Frank E||Hitt, Michael A||Ireland, R Duane||Matz, Jack W||Woodman, Richard W

publication date

  • January 2019