Entrepreneurial Universities Socioeconomic Impacts of Academic Entrepreneurship in a European Region

Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 40-55

Posted: 9 Mar 2013

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David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Maribel Guerrero

University of Deusto - Deusto Business School

Date Written: February 20, 2013

Abstract

In the knowledge economy, academic entrepreneurship occurs at the boundaries of different scientific and professional backgrounds, creating a need for support mechanisms to transcend those limits. The entrepreneurial university is seen as an important catalyst for regional economic and social development, particularly because it generates and exploits knowledge as entrepreneurial opportunities. However, evidence about this phenomenon is fragmented and disorganized. By adopting institutional economics, resource-based view, and endogenous growth approaches, this study provides a better understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of the entrepreneurial university. Using the case study methodology, the study presents the experience of entrepreneurial universities in a European Region (Catalonia, Spain). It describes some practical implications that could stimulate the entrepreneurial activity of universities and thus foster their contribution to the development of the modern knowledge economy.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, small business, university role in economic development

Suggested Citation

Urbano, David and Guerrero, Maribel, Entrepreneurial Universities Socioeconomic Impacts of Academic Entrepreneurship in a European Region (February 20, 2013). Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 40-55, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2230376

David Urbano (Contact Author)

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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Spain
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HOME PAGE: http://www.davidurbano.eu

Maribel Guerrero

University of Deusto - Deusto Business School ( email )

Camino de Mundaiz, 50
San Sebastian, 20012
Spain

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