Hidden Innovators: The Case of the Sustaining Engineers

Nigel Culkin, Craig C. Jones

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The main aim of this paper is to understand what motivates engineers to innovate in multinational corporations. It is based on a single case study within a product development unit of a multinational automotive company in the UK. The research is exploratory in nature and seeks to provide insights into what motivates certain employees to act entrepreneurially in a large rules-based organization. An inductive research approach was employed to develop insights into the way in which a group of ‘patent holding’ engineers construct their world or work. The mixed methods approach included a survey of 100 patent holding engineers, followed by twelve interviews and one focus group discussion with six participants.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Hertfordshire
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameUH Business School Working Papers
PublisherUniversity of Hertfordshire


  • Corporate Entrepreneurship;
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Employee Motivation
  • Business Sustainability
  • Knowledge Economy.


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