Entrepreneurial capabilities in a Brazilian university: the case of the federal university of Rio de Janeiro

  • Thiago Renault

    Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ)

    Time : Sat, Nov 23 14.40 - 15.00

    Room : Ayodya C


Brazilian government has been fostering innovation through a series of policies aiming the technology transfer from public funded science and technology organizations to the market. One of the responses to this initiative has been an attempt on the part of some universities to transform themselves into entrepreneurial institutions. In this paper we develop a longitudinal case study to analyze the organizational transformations faced by a particular academic unit (COPPE) of a Brazilian university (UFRJ) in order to perform an entrepreneurial role. Our analysis is focused in the entrepreneurial capabilities developed by this academic unit, we found that the main capabilities are: (i) managing university interfaces with external actors; (ii) integrating public policy initiatives; (iii) supporting entrepreneurial activities; (iv) technology transferring; (v) managing sharing resources. These five capabilities have been developed in three different levels of maturity: basic, intermediary and advanced. The development of these entrepreneurial capabilities happens in tandem with the organizational transformation process of the university


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