The Brief History of Intrapreneurship

Intra-preneurship – is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. Intrapreneurship is known as the practice of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship.

1948 – The term “Skunk Works” is introduced to the world!

The “Skunk Works” group at Lockheed Martin was originally named after a reference in a cartoon, and was first brought together to build the P-80 fighter jet

1968 – The first Intrapreneurial attempt at 3M

A scientist at 3M in the United States, Dr. Spencer Silver, was attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive

1974 – ‘Post-It Notes’ are born

Art Fry, Spencer Silver’s colleague, utilized 3M’s officially sanctioned “permitted bootlegging” policy and developed the Post-It Notes

1978 – Pinchot introduces the term “intrapreneur”

The first written use of the terms ‘intrapreneur’, ‘intrapreneuring,’ and ‘intrapreneurship’ by Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot

1982 – Intrapreneurship in the academy

The first formal academic case study of corporate entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship was published as a Master’s in Management thesis, by Howard Edward Haller

1985 – TIME features Intrapreneurs

The term “intrapreneurship” was used in the popular media by TIME magazine article “Here come the Intrapreneurs”

1986 – Intrapreneurship inside Apple

Steve Jobs, Apple Computer’s Chairman, was quoted in an interview in the September Newsweek article, where he shared, “The Macintosh team was what is commonly known as intrapreneurship”

1994 – Ken Kutaragi nominated the father of playstation

An intrapreneurs project in Sony gave birth to Sony PlayStation, the most popular Sony product

2011 – Virgin admits growth to do with Intrapreneurs

Richard Branson posts the article “Richard Branson on Intrapreneurs” on Entrepreneur online Magazine, where he shared, “Virgin could never have grown into the group of more than 200 companies it is now, were it not for a steady stream of intrapreneurs”

2013 – Intrapreneurs Global Network Founded

Noam Tamari- Wekser co-founded the Intrapreneurs Global Network

2014 – Forbe’s declares Intrapreneurs as most valuable employees

From the article: “Social intrapreneurs are quickly becoming the most valuable employees at many companies because they are good for the bottom line, good for the brand, and good for staff morale.”

2015 – 28% of the world global corporation have some form of an Intraperenurship inivative

Intrapernureship become a fast growing approach for many companies to create and mainainn their competitive advantage and to recruit and retain their top talent.

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