Title of book: Entrepreneurship Centres: Global Perspectives on their Contributions to Higher Education Institutions
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Edited by: Professor Gideon Maas, Professor Paul Jones, and Dr Mike Herrington
Focus and rationale
It is almost becoming a cliché to refer to the globally fast changing business and educational environment and the need to react to those changes in creative and innovative ways. Within this environment, the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are questioned – are they are part of the solution to renewed socio-economic development or are they engaged with the environment in an overly sporadic manner (Bok, 2003; Kitson, Howells, Braham and Westlake, 2009; Gibb and Haskins, 2013; MacKenzie and Zhang, 2014; NCUB Report, 2014). This renewed focus on HEIs to play a meaningful role in socio-economic development led to the development of the third mission (entrepreneurial involvement) for HEIs as an equal component to the traditional roles of teaching and research (Nelles and Vorley, 2011). An OECD report (Nelles and Vorley, 2011: 343) supports the socio-economic role HEIs need to play and stated that “universities can make contributions to economic prosperity beyond spin-offs and licensing activities typically associated with technology transfer efforts”. However, according to Laredo (in Nelles and Vorley, 2011) there seems to be a disparity between the emerging consensus that HEIs can and should play a significant role in socio-economic development and the integration of the overarching strategy promoting the third mission with sound operational plans within HEIs.
A search of research projects focusing on the role of entrepreneurship centres globally revealed limited research in the role that entrepreneurship centres can play in stimulating sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship activities. Extant research suggests that there is no doubt that entrepreneurship centres can and should play an important role in stimulating enterprise and entrepreneurship activities within HEIs (Finkle, Kuratko and Goldsby, 2006; Nelles and Vorley, 2011; Finkle, Menzies, Kuratko and Goldsby, 2013).
This book focuses on the role entrepreneurship centres can play within the global context. Globally, there are already a significant number of enterprise and entrepreneurship activities happening. In many cases, entrepreneurship centres are at the foreground of enterprise and entrepreneurship activities within HEIs and therefore the contribution of this publication will focus on the effective construction of viable and sustainable entrepreneurship centres and how they contribute to 2 enterprise activity and entrepreneurship curriculum enhancement, research, and support to entrepreneurs.
Aims of Book The book has the following aims:
evidence novel practices in the functioning of effective entrepreneurship centres;
highlight lessons learned from entrepreneurial centres in different parts of the world;
identify future approaches for entrepreneurship centres;
highlight implications for policy and practice for HEIs.
Themes of Book The book seeks to explore the following themes:
Maintaining sustainable entrepreneurship centres.
Future research in entrepreneurship centres.
Target Market The book is primarily aimed at:
Policy makers in HEIs.
Researchers involved in general, systemic and transformational entrepreneurship.
Policy makers in government.
Quasi-governmental institutions involved in the promotion of entrepreneurship.
Post-graduate students in entrepreneurship.
Submitting Author Requirements
Prospective authors can send an expression of interest to Prof. Gideon Maas on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions should be no more than 5,000 words including tables and references and should provide:
Introduction including university background and region in which university operates.
Background of the centre including centre development, size of the centre by staff and role, centre role within the University, services provided, achievements, problems experienced, future development.
Conclusion: the chapter should highest the novel and effective practices undertaken within the centre.
Timelines Submission of case studies for review: 31st May 2016. All submissions will be blind peer reviewed