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A framework of intrapreneurial practices to improve service delivery in municipalities of the O.R. Tambo District Municipality

Nonceba Ntoyanto-Tyatyantsi, Anthea P. Amandi-Echendu, Nthabeleng M. Mmako
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 10, No 1 | a634 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v10i1.634 | © 2022 Nonceba Ntoyanto-Tyatyantsi, Anthea P. Amandi-Echendu, Nthabeleng M. Mmako | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 February 2022 | Published: 26 October 2022

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Nonceba Ntoyanto-Tyatyantsi, Department of Applied Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Anthea P. Amandi-Echendu, Department of Operations Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Nthabeleng M. Mmako, Department of Applied Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: This article examines intrapreneurship principles that can contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of service delivery in the O.R. Tambo District Municipality.

Aim: The aim of this research was to investigate whether municipalities practise intrapreneurship and how intrapreneurship drivers may be incorporated into the municipal environment to improve service delivery to surrounding communities.

Setting: This study is based in the O.R. Tambo District Municipality, and the target population is middle- and top-level managers from all the municipalities in the district.

Methods: The research is situated within the interpretivist paradigm and employed the qualitative method of semi-structured interviews, which were purposively conducted with 12 middle- and top-level managers. Content analysis was used to analyse the data. Municipal documents were also used for triangulation purposes.

Results: The empirical findings revealed that policies, laws and regulatory aspects are a hindrance to the development of intrapreneurial practices. The bureaucratic environment that exists is not flexible enough to encourage intrapreneurial conduct among employees. The blurred lines between the administrative and political wings in the municipalities lead to a constricting environment that hinders intrapreneurial practices in the municipalities.

Conclusion: A framework for the integration of intrapreneurship drivers to improve service delivery was developed. The article recommends that employees and the community should play a larger role in the planning process so that they can assist to identify best practices and alternate approaches to certain identified issues. The implementation of projects should be left to the administrative managers and staff, and contingency platforms should be introduced to manage transition periods with new replacements.


Keywords

organisational culture; intrapreneurship; intrapreneurial practices; municipality; service delivery

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