Title: Social intrapreneurship and social innovation: the case of an Ebola crisis in Africa

Authors: Alfred Mbeteh; Massimiliano M. Pellegrini; Francesco Pelagallo; William Conteh

Addresses: University of West London, St Mary's Rd, Ealing, London, W5 5RF, UK ' University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Via Columbia, 2, 00133 Rome, Italy ' Università degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata', Dottore Commercialista - Revisore Legale, Via della Stelletta n. 23, 00186 - Roma, Italy ' Institute of Public Administration and Management, University of Sierra Leone, British Council Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Abstract: Social innovation is a significant change that occurs in a society. This change is normally done via the creation of a new venture to solve social problems, i.e., social entrepreneurship. However, less is known about social innovations promoted within an existing organisational setting, i.e., social intrapreneurship especially within a developing country. The paper analyses the case of a social intrapreneur who developed an innovative idea during the 2014 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Through the insights obtained, we were able to develop and elaborate on a five-staged model for social innovation and focused on two relevant aspects in social intrapreneurship: internal governance process and external legitimisation and support.

Keywords: social intrapreneurship; social innovation; Ebola epidemic; Sierra Leone; social entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2020.10032338

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2020 Vol.16 No.4, pp.397 - 414

Received: 30 Dec 2019
Accepted: 04 Jan 2020

Published online: 24 Sep 2020 *

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