Small Business Economics

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 727–735 | Cite as

Corporate entrepreneurship as knowledge creation and conversion: the role of entrepreneurial hubs

  • Shaker A. ZahraEmail author


Corporate entrepreneurship (CE) is an important means for inducing innovation, revitalizing organizations, and enhancing productivity. It is also the source of new knowledge that allows companies to create capabilities to enter new markets and achieve growth. This article highlights key findings from a 25-year-long stream of research, conducted in several countries, that shows how CE creates knowledge and the variety of knowledge that emerges from different CE activities. It also explains the role of entrepreneurial hubs in capturing, accumulating, converting and translating, and integrating this knowledge, enabling companies to build new revenue streams. The role of these hubs is pervasive, calling for engaged management and creativity in building linkages within and across the different units of an organization. Knowledge, the foundation of competitive superiority, is clearly one of the most important products of CE in today’s dynamic global markets.


Corporate entrepreneurship Knowledge creation Knowledge conversion Knowledge integration Entrepreneurial hubs 

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  1. 1.Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Department, Carlson School of Management [Suite 3-430]University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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