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Innovation for Inclusive Business: Intrapreneurial Bricolage in Multinational Corporations

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Executive Summary

It is often argued that Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) are in a unique position to innovate business models that can help to alleviate poverty. This empirical study into intra-organizational aspects of pro-poor business innovation in two MNCs suggests, however, that certain elements of their management frameworks - such as short-term profit interests, business unit based incentive structures, and uncertainty avoidance - may turn into obstacles that prevent MNCs from reaching their full potential in this respect.

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