The organizational architecture of entrepreneurial universities across the stages of entrepreneurship: a conceptual framework

Cunningham, James, Lehmann, Erik E. and Menter, Matthias (2021) The organizational architecture of entrepreneurial universities across the stages of entrepreneurship: a conceptual framework. Small Business Economics. ISSN 0921-898X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-021-00513-5

Abstract

Entrepreneurial universities contribute directly and indirectly to supporting all stages of entrepreneurship. The challenge for entrepreneurial universities is how they can best support academic entrepreneurs through these stages of entrepreneurship. This has led to the creation of different and often ad hoc organizational units within an entrepreneurial university. The organizational challenge for entrepreneurial universities is the selection of the appropriate formal organizational architecture to support the stages of entrepreneurship. The purpose of this paper is to examine the organizational architecture of entrepreneurial universities and how it supports the stages of entrepreneurship — latent, emergent, launch, and growth. Our conceptual organizational framework conflates the stages of entrepreneurship with the actual needs of university-based entrepreneurs and how these needs are supported through different formal organizational units within the organizational architecture of entrepreneurial universities. Therein, we categorize three types of formal organizational units — those that focus on exploration stages of entrepreneurship, those that straddle exploration and exploitation stages of entrepreneurship, and those that boundary span all stages of entrepreneurship. We conclude by discussing the resultant organizational tensions for entrepreneurial universities and highlight future avenues of research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurial universities, Organizational architecture, Latent entrepreneurship, Emergent entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, University-based entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2021 15:12
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46406

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