Original Research

Establishing a job-crafting and intrapreneurial link: Towards new approaches to innovative work

Nelesh Dhanpat, Chris Schachtebeck
Acta Commercii | Vol 21, No 1 | a934 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v21i1.934 | © 2021 Nelesh Dhanpat, Chris Schachtebeck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 January 2021 | Published: 15 July 2021

About the author(s)

Nelesh Dhanpat, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris Schachtebeck, Department of Business Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa


Orientation: This research study focuses on establishing a link between job crafting and landmark studies on intrapreneurship.

Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to provide a theoretical overview of intrapreneurship, intrapreneurial orientation and job crafting, and to explore theoretical linkages between these areas of enquiry.

Motivation for the study: There is currently a dearth of research studies that explore the link between job crafting and intrapreneurial behaviours in existing organisations in the form of intrapreneurial orientation.

Research design, approach and method: The study is presented as a conceptual paper in the form of a qualitative, theoretical study, employing a model-building approach. A deductive research approach is followed, and a narrative review methodology is employed.

Main findings: The findings of this study from a literature search acknowledge the contributions of job crafting and intrapreneurial research within the management sciences, and we remain cognisant of the organisational implications of each, which have, to date, focused on the organisation, rather than the individual. With this in mind, we suggest that job crafting and intrapreneurial behaviours are empirically researched to validate the recommendations made.

Practical/managerial implications: This study will help to establish the type of job-crafting interventions and job-crafting strategies needed to promote intrapreneurial behaviours in practice.

Contribution/value-add: This study provides noteworthy insights, which include the suggestion that employees with a forward-looking disposition will engage in job crafting, with a focus on intrapreneurial behaviour. Furthermore, the study fills a void left in the current body of knowledge.


job crafting; entrepreneurship; intrapreneurship; work engagement; innovation


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