Comparing Nascent Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs and Expectations of Firm Growth

  • Charles H. Matthews University of Cincinnati
  • Mark T. Schenkel Belmont University
  • Matthew W. Ford Northern Kentucky University
  • Sherrie E. Human Xavier University


While both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial processes yield new ventures, similarities and differences between these two initiation processes and their impact on subsequent venture performance may be substantial. Operating factors that are typically influenced by the founder, such as expectations for growth, activity such as formal business planning, perceptions of environmental uncertainty, and risk preference within the context of new venture initiation processes are explored in this study. We find that nascent entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are largely similar in terms of their risk tolerance and perceptions of environmental uncertainty. Nascent intrapreneurs, by contrast, appear to be more sophisticated planners than their counterparts and perhaps more aggressive in their expectations for financial growth. These findings enter significantly into a path model of nascent founder growth expectations that should provide a useful foundation in future investigations.


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MATTHEWS, Charles H. et al. Comparing Nascent Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs and Expectations of Firm Growth. Journal of Small Business Strategy, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 1, p. 53-80, jan. 2009. ISSN 2380-1751. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 apr. 2019.