Methodological Guidebook

Introduction

SINTRA – Achieving Sustainability through INTRApreneurship was a two-year Erasmus+ KA2 adult education project, which aimed at providing an integrated support, tailored to the needs of organisations for the development of intrapreneurship-related skills, competences and attitudes among both employees and employers for improving the organizations’ environmental impact and their social and economic sustainability.

This guide is meant to support employers, employees, trainers, and consultants in their endeavor to use intrapreneurship as a mean to develop and implement sustainability projects that can have environmental, social or economical impact at different levels.

The guide offers navigation through the SINTRA training material, toolkit and the O! SINTRA App to enable users to develop innovative ideas for sustainability projects within an organisation of any kind.

Each section of the guide correlates to the other sections in one way or the other. Therefore, it is important to establish a good understanding of the SINTRA content in order to be able to choose the methods, tools and information needed to meet each user’s needs to develop a suitable sustainability project for an organisation.

To use the guidebook, it is recommended to browse through the sections, then register on to the SINTRA e-learning platform to get access to all the material in one place.

Training workshop delivery

Organisation of training delivery

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Training activities

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Intrapreneurial sustainability teams-task assignment

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Case Studies

Case studies from organizations in partners countries giving a good example of how intrapreneurship is used for enhancing sustainability

The SINTRA case studies were created based on identified success stories in the field of sustainability-oriented intrapreneurship. The cases represent successful projects within the private and public sectors from the six partners countries.

 

Case title Sector Country
Eco – Mobility Research and development Bulgaria
ENTRETOUR – Boosting Business skills in the Tourism sector University Bulgaria
Digitalisation of Business University Croatia
Sustainability Development Governance in INA Petrol Company Croatia
Environmental sustainability strategy in O-I Estonia Production Company Estonia
Green Tiger Foundation “Let´s do it” Foundation Estonia
Intrapreneurship development in Pristis Ltd. Company Estonia
Regeneration and enhancement of municipal land Municipality Greece
Sustainability in Marble Production Production Greece
Implementation of UN Sustainable goals in Kópavogur Municipality Iceland
Intrapreneurship in Environmental Development Bank Iceland
Cargill Production and distribution Portugal
HFA Electronic Production Portugal

 

Glossary

The glossary gives general explanations of concepts used in the training material. It is good to read the SINTRA glossary before entering the modules or use it alongside the training modules.

SINTRA e-learning platform

The e-learning platform is suitable to use in face-to-face sessions, blended learning, e-learning and self-regulated learning. The platform contains all the training material developed within the SINTRA project; modules, learning activities, quizzes, case studies, glossary, and additional learning material. The SINTRA innovation toolkit is also accessible on the platform.

Councelling

Counselling services

It is recommended to follow up on the SINTRA training workshops with counselling services to provide advises and support to employees and employers for the development and implementation of sustainability- oriented intrapreneurship initiatives.

The SINTRA open Innovation toolkit is very useful during the counselling and implementation of sustainability projects and the O! SINTRA App is also very useful to collect and manage novel ideas from employees that can lead to the next innovative endeavor for sustainability.

Organisation of counselling sessions

The counselling sessions should be organised to meet the needs of each organisation and intrapreneurial team. The sessions can take place online or face to face. A blended approach can also be appropriate. The amount of time for the counselling must align with how extended or complicated the sustainable development project is and the actual need for counselling and support.

Innovation Toolkit

Open Innovation Toolkit for Sustainability focused intrapreneurship

The purpose of SINTRA TOOLKIT is to introduce a set of tools that can be used for assessing entrepreneurial orientations of intrapreneurs and their readiness to collect ideas in a business/organization for sustainability purposes. These tools can help to approach innovation more systematically, keep track of progress and find new approaches to sustainability, both in environmental as well as in economic context.

Handbook for organisational/business model´s sustainability assessment

This handbook offers ideas and insights for sustainability assessment and makes the case for intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. In the “consideration” chapter you can find some tips useful in assessing the sustainability of a business or intrapreneurial idea.

Guidelines for involving talents to open innovation projects in co-operation with intrapreneurs

This document provides an overview on topic of open innovation and involving young talent, which is aimed to be helpful supporting intrapreneurial projects in organizations. It provides guidelines that will help organizations and intrapreneurs to identify and understand the most efficient and resultative ways of collecting ideas and input from various sources, in from within the organization to enhance intrapreneurial activities focused on sustainability in environmental, social and economic terms.

Toolkit for assessment of intrapreneurs´ readiness to collect ideas by using open innovation tools

This toolkit presents a few useful tools, which can be used to define and align a sustainability and innovation strategies, map a strategic decision, and remove the most critical uncertainties related to an idea, business or concept.

The Strategy Choice Cascade
The Strategy Choice Cascade is often used to create a differentiated strategy through a set of questions.

The Sustainable Business Model Canvas
Sustainable Business Model Canvas is a tool that helps to create and implement sustainable innovation projects. This is a scheme that allows you to describe and synthesize business models that are both innovative and sustainable.

The Sustainability Manifesto
The Sustainability Manifesto will give you the strategic rationale and development plan for your sustainable and innovative programme.

The Intrapreneurship Skills test
The SINTRA intrapreneurship skills test assesses the intrapreneur’s skills in the context of a team, company, or partnership.

Sustainability Need

Successful innovations satisfy a need – a real and specific user need that is currently not met or could be improved. This tool helps to define an unmet need that will naturally give rise to relevant and sustainable ideas or innovations.

The Sustainable Idea Roots
The Sustainable Idea Roots is a neat way of defining an idea to summarize it quickly and concisely. It’s important to be able to do this as it will help us recall our idea, communicate it better to others and make decisions about the idea.

The Innovation Template

The Innovation Template helps to clarify and communicate an idea and create a pitch that justifies an investment of time and money in order to achieve goals related to different aspects of sustainability.

Prototyping Sustainability Evaluator
This technique is designed for a collaborative workshop setting or a shared online environment.

O! SINTRA app

The O! SINTRA app is an online application for gathering sustainability-related ideas, inputs and trends from people within an organisation. The app is available via internet browsers and to you both with computers and on mobile phones.

How to use the O! SINTRA app

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