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The Entrepreneurial University

Context and Institutional Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Lene Foss, David v. Gibson


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Global recessions and structural economic shifts are motivating government and business leaders worldwide to increasingly look to "their" universities to stimulate regional development and to contribute to national competiveness. The challenge is clear and the question is pressing: How will universities respond?

This book presents in-depth case narratives of ten universities from Norway, Finland, Sweden, UK, and the U.S. that have overcome significant challenges to develop programs and activities to commercialize scientific research, launch entrepreneurial degree programs, establish industry partnerships, and build entrepreneurial cultures and ecosystems. The universities are quite diverse: large and small; teaching and research focused; internationally recognized and relatively new; located in major cities and in emerging regions. Each case narrative describes challenges overcome, actions taken, and resulting accomplishments.

This volume will be of interest to policymakers and university administrators as well as researchers and students interested in how different programs and activities can promote university entrepreneurship while contributing to economic growth in developed and developing economies.


This excellent book, put together by Foss and Gibson, provides a unique and fresh perspective on entrepreneurial universities. The editors offer us insightful theoretical ideas whilst the empirical studies illustrate the variety of contexts entrepreneurial universities can operate in successfully.

Friederike Welter, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn and University Siegen, Germany.

This insightful book offers ideas, thoughts and research results on the role of context in the emergence and development of entrepreneurial universities through the lens of institutional theory. This is done mainly by examining a number of cases providing a great level of diversity. After reading the book, factors and strategies which could facilitate the transition to more entrepreneurial university behaviors appear in a wide variety of contexts and institutional conditions.

Alain Fayolle, Professor, EMLYON Business School, France

Lene Foss and David Gibson provide us with a splendid variety of new cases -- from familiar locales of Austin and Cambridge UK to unfamiliar settings of the Arctic University and Lund University -- where universities are an anchor tenant in burgeoning regional economies. The cases are enriched with a provocative analysis of the institutional changes and conflicts that are triggered by these enterprising efforts to make higher education an engine of economic growth.

Walter W. Powell, Professor, Stanford University, USA

The notion of the entrepreneurial university has received considerable attention from the academic community and policymakers. This research book, co-edited by Lene Foss and David V. Gibson, which consists of 12 chapters from leading academics, joins this timely intellectual conversation and policy debate by discussing various cases of entrepreneurial universities. This book offers an interesting perspective perceiving the entrepreneurial university as a change agent based on rich case studies across northern Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom…To summarize, we highly recommend this book to the students of entrepreneurship, small business, higher education, entrepreneurs, and policymakers who are interested in the research agenda and practice of building an entrepreneurial university. The detailed case analysis provides a comparative perspective to comprehend the entrepreneurial university in particular and the entrepreneurship ecosystem in some cases across diverse institutional contexts.

Yijun Xing, Beijing Jiaotong University, China; Yipeng Liu, University of Birmingham, UK, International Small Business Journal, 2016, Vol. 34(7) 972–973

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction 1: The Entrepreneurial University: Context and Institutional change (Lene Foss and David V. Gibson) 2. New York University: Nurturing entrepreneurship in New York City (Bala Mulloth and Jill R. Kickul) 3. Creating and Sustaining High-Technology Development in Austin Texas (David V. Gibson and John S. Butler) 4. High Technology Entrepreneurship in a University Town: The Cambridge story (Robert Hodgson) 5. Kingston University London: Using entrepreneurship programmes to attract talent and to enhance educational impact (Christina Lea Butler & Martha Mador) 6. Chalmers: Institutionalizing the entrepreneurial? (Mats Lundqvist) 7. The Evolution of Lund University’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem from 1980 to 2012 (Tomas Karlsson, Caroline Wigren-Kristofferson, and Hans Landström) 8. Entrepreneurial Aalto: Where science and art meet technology and business (Steffen Farny and Paula Kyrö) 9. Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Finland: In search of university-wide entrepreneurial action (Ari Lindeman) 10. UiT, The Arctic University of Norway: Challenges at the Arctic crossroads (Elin Oftedal and Lene Foss) 11. Stavanger: From petroleum focus to diversified competence through crisis and consensus (Elin Oftedal and Tatiana Iakovleva) 12: The Entrepreneurial University: Case analysis and Implications (Lene Foss and David V. Gibson)

About the Editors

Lene Foss is a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Tromsø (UiT) in Norway.

David V. Gibson is Associate Director and the Nadya Kozmetsky Scott Centennial Fellow, IC² (Innovation, Creativity, Capital) Institute, The University of Texas at Austin.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning