Developing the Entrepreneurial University – A Catalyst for the Industry



Lene Foss is Professor in innovation and entrepreneurship at the School of Business and Economics, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway and is currently a visiting fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.

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

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.

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