University of Hertfordshire


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  • Nigel Culkin
  • Craig C. Jones
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Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Hertfordshire
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameUH Business School Working Papers
PublisherUniversity of Hertfordshire


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.


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