The Transition Towards Entrepreneurial Universities: An Assessment of Academic Entrepreneurship in Italy

In A. N. Link, D. S. Siegel and M. Wright (eds), Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship, pp. 218-244. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. DOI: 10.7208/Chicago/9780226178486.001.0001

26 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012 Last revised: 11 Nov 2015

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Nicola Baldini

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: January 4, 2015

Abstract

In this paper we illustrate the changes that the Italian university system underwent from the early 2000s till today, with a special focus on the transition to academic entrepreneurship. We describe these changes as part of more general and similar trends taking place in other European countries in the same period. The Italian case shows the on-going effort that national Government and academic institutions have been devoting to create better conditions to enable the successful commercialization of academic research results. Specifically, we look at the differences in the amount of academic entrepreneurship generated by the 64 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical universities during the last decade, assessing the impact of normative and structural support mechanisms on the universities’ ability to engage with the market logic. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Academic Entrepreneurship, Italy, University, Technology Transfer

JEL Classification: O31, O32, O38

Suggested Citation

Baldini, Nicola and Fini, Riccardo and Grimaldi, Rosa, The Transition Towards Entrepreneurial Universities: An Assessment of Academic Entrepreneurship in Italy (January 4, 2015). In A. N. Link, D. S. Siegel and M. Wright (eds), Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship, pp. 218-244. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. DOI: 10.7208/Chicago/9780226178486.001.0001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979450 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1979450

Nicola Baldini

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Italy

Riccardo Fini (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Bologna, 40131
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.unibo.it/faculty/riccardo.fini

Imperial College London ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

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