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Universities, Innovation and the Economy

1st Edition

By Helen Lawton-Smith


288 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Universities are increasingly expected to be at the heart of networked structures contributing to society in meaningful and measurable ways through research, the teaching and development of experts, and knowledge innovation. While there is nothing new in universities’ links with industry, what is recent is their role as territorial actors. It is government policy in many countries that universities - and in some countries national laboratories - stimulate regional or local economic development.

Universities, Innovation and the Economy explores the implications of this expectation. It sites this new role within the context of broader political histories, comparing how countries in Europe and North America have balanced the traditional roles of teaching and research with that of exploitation of research and defining a territorial role.

Helen Lawton-Smith highlights how pressure from the state and from industry has produced new paradigms of accountability that include responsibilities for regional development. This book uses empirical evidence from studies conducted in North America and Europe to provide an overview of the changing geography of university-industry links.


'The book is well positioned in the Routledge studies in business organisations and network series, offering a valuable contribution and essential reading to those interested in the role(s) of universities in the 21st century.' - Environment and Planning

Table of Contents

List of Tables List of Figures Preface and Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. What Kinds of University Systems 2. The Regional Economy and the University 3. The Measurement of University and Industry Links and Economic Development 4. Universities in National Innovation Systems in Europe 5. Universities in Innovation Systems in North America 6. Universities, Labour Markets and Economic Development in Europe and the USA 7. Case Study Places: Europe – Grenoble and Oxfordshire 8. Case Study Places: USA– Stanford, Louisville and Princeton 9. Conclusions References Index

About the Author

Helen Lawton Smith is Reader in Management, School of Management and Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK and Director of Research, Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, Oxford University

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Business Organizations and Networks

How do firms work? What networks are involved in driving organizations forward? This series presents titles which look at the dynamics of organizations and the particular effects of different types of business networks. It covers topics such as:

  • Industrial networks
  • Transaction cost economics
  • Organization theory
  • Change and information
  • New theories of the firm.

It considers both the economic, cultural and environmental factors that govern the success and failure of business networks and organizations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General