Innovative Culture in Ireland's Higher Education Institutions: An Assessment

28 Pages Posted: 10 May 2015

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Qiantao Zhang

Trinity College (Dublin) - School of Business Studies

Charles James Larkin

Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath; Trinity College Dublin

Brian M. Lucey

Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin; University of Sydney Business School; University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City

Date Written: May 8, 2015

Abstract

The role of universities has expanded to include being a driver of innovation. We suggest that any such body so charged is perhaps best suited to achieve this if it itself is innovative. We review the literature on corporate innovation, discuss a recent metric of innovative culture and present the results of a large scale survey on innovative cultures within the higher education sector in Ireland. It is found that there is a divide between the university and institutes of technology sector, with organisational cultures in universities being perceived to be much more innovative than those in institutes, despite these latter being designed to be closer to industry. We also find that STEM faculty members see cultures as less innovative than others. These findings raise questions around the implicit and explicit thrusts of Irish higher education policy.

Keywords: Innovation,Corporate cultures,economic impact, Ireland, universities,institutes of technology

JEL Classification: O31, O32, M14, H52,

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Qiantao and Larkin, Charles James and Lucey, Brian M., Innovative Culture in Ireland's Higher Education Institutions: An Assessment (May 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2604196 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2604196

Qiantao Zhang

Trinity College (Dublin) - School of Business Studies ( email )

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Charles James Larkin

Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath ( email )

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