Leadership at an Entrepreneurial University: How Department Heads Manage Multiple Logics at a Scandinavian University

Accepted at International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (27 May 2020); https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219877020500352

32 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2020

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Elena Tavella

Roskilde University

Marcel Bogers

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO); University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: May 27, 2020

Abstract

Entrepreneurial universities are important drivers of technology, innovation, and economic development from which both those universities and the society at large will benefit. University leaders may however need to manage conflicting demands posed by multiple logics in their everyday work. Drawing on interviews with university leaders at an elite Scandinavian university faculty, this paper explores how leaders balance competing logics in their everyday work so as to achieve the goals of entrepreneurial universities. The analysis of the interviews identifies mechanisms through which leaders dynamically enact different institutional logics through their practices, and how these mechanisms lead to the achievement of outcomes related to entrepreneurial activities. These findings contribute to the literature on individual-level challenges and means to align the teaching, research and entrepreneurial missions of entrepreneurial universities.

Keywords: department head, institutional logics, challenges, complexity, practice

Suggested Citation

Tavella, Elena and Bogers, Marcel, Leadership at an Entrepreneurial University: How Department Heads Manage Multiple Logics at a Scandinavian University (May 27, 2020). Accepted at International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (27 May 2020); https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219877020500352, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3674021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3674021

Elena Tavella

Roskilde University ( email )

Universitetsvej 1
P.O. Box 260
Roskilde, DK-4000
Denmark

Marcel Bogers (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) ( email )

Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

University of California, Berkeley

Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation
F402 Hass School of Business, #1930
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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