Changing Times at Cuban Universities: Looking into the Transition towards a Social, Entrepreneurial and Innovative Organization

Cruz-Amarán, Damaris, Guerrero, Maribel and Hernández-Ruiz, Alma Delia (2020) Changing Times at Cuban Universities: Looking into the Transition towards a Social, Entrepreneurial and Innovative Organization. Sustainability, 12 (6). p. 2536. ISSN 2071-1050

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Since the 1990s, the socialist higher education system has faced several reforms oriented to satisfy the social, economic, and technological demands. However, little is known about the transformation process of the socialist university system over the past two decades. This study provides a better understanding of the entrepreneurial and innovative transition of universities located in socialist economies. By adopting mixed theoretical approaches, we proposed a conceptual model to understand the social, the innovative and the entrepreneurial transformation of socialist universities. We revised/tested this model in the context of the Cuban University by implementing a prospective case study approach. Our findings show insights about the transition towards a business model innovation within the Cuban university. The determinants have been the state regulations, the closing of the complete cycle from teaching to the commercialization of results and the creation of hybrid structures to manage knowledge. Consequently, the university is facing managerial challenges related to its ability to explore/exploit its activities to generate social, innovative and economic outcomes. Our results provide practical implications for the university managers and actors involved in the transformation process of the Cuban University

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cuba, socialist economies, innovation ecosystem, business model innovation, entrepreneurial universities, social entrepreneurship, higher education system
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 13:58
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:34

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