1st Edition

The Entrepreneurial University Context and Institutional Change

Edited By Lene Foss, David Gibson Copyright 2015
    312 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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)


    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.

    '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