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Entrepreneurial University

A Triple Helix 5 Track proposed by

Matts Benner, Superintendent Research Policy Institute, Department of Sociology,
Lund University, Denmark
email: mats.benner@fpi.lu.se

Henry Etzkowitz, Science Policy Institute, State University of New York, USA
email: henryetzkowitz@earthlink.net

Should the university be a support structure for its society (OECD model) or play a generative role in fostering economic and social development (Triple Helix model)? Is the entrepreneurial university, in any format, a deformation of the classic role of the university in creating “public goods”? Is the university playing a more fundamental role in knowledge based society as the educator of organizations as well as individual persons? Should the entrepreneurial university focus on development of new business activities, especially spin-offs from its research? Does the university have the responsibility to play a broader role in social development as educator of organizations of various types e.g. NGO’s, arts groups and community development projects? To what extent are there a “Second Academic Revolution” in the university and even a “Third Academic Revolution” in society?

The role of the university is increasingly controversial, especially as entrepreneurial formats emerge in academic venues such as “public” and “ivory tower” universities, as well as academic institutions with a traditional practical bent such as polytechnics, engineering, and agricultural schools. We invite papers that deal with any aspect of the emerging entrepreneurial academic paradigm, including those that question the validity of the concept. Topics may include but are not limited to: organizational forms e.g. technology transfer offices, centers, research groups, incubators and technology parks, cooperative research schemes; patenting and intellectual property issues, the university’s regional role; changing academic norms and values; faculty and student roles in firm formation, conflict of interest and obligation issues, entrepreneurial education; co-production of research or external influence on direction of research; the privatization of the university; academicizing the firm; the development of universities as an overlay on science parks.

We seek papers with empirical data, qualitative and quantitative, case studies and surveys, that analyze findings in the context of the theoretical, normative, and policy issues outlined above. We especially welcome comparative papers that focus on the entrepreneurial transition of the university in countries with different academic traditions. We expect to organize a special journal issue and/or edited book to bring the best work to the attention of a broader audience.

Triple Helix Conference I Amsterdam, 1996 II New York, 1998 III Rio de Janeiro, 2000 IV Copenhagen, 2002 V Turin, 2005 VI Singapore, 2007 VII Glasgow, 2009 VIII Madrid, 2010 IX Stanford, 2011 X Indonesia, 2012 XI London, 2013
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