Academic Entrepreneurship: Time for a Rethink?

14 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015

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Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University

Mike Wright

Imperial College London

Date Written: October 2015


Academic entrepreneurship, which refers to efforts undertaken by universities to promote commercialization on campus and in surrounding regions of the university, has changed dramatically in recent years. Two key consequences of this change are that more stakeholders have become involved in academic entrepreneurship and that universities have become more ‘strategic’ in their approach to this activity. The authors assert that the time is ripe to rethink academic entrepreneurship. Specifically, theoretical and empirical research on academic entrepreneurship needs to take account of these changes, so as to improve the rigour and relevance of future studies on this topic. We outline such a framework and provide examples of key research questions that need to be addressed to broaden understanding of academic entrepreneurship.

Suggested Citation

Siegel, Donald S. and Wright, Mike, Academic Entrepreneurship: Time for a Rethink? (October 2015). British Journal of Management, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 582-595, 2015, Available at SSRN: or

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