Transformative change in higher education: entrepreneurial universities and high-technology entrepreneurship

Cunningham, James and Menter, Matthias (2021) Transformative change in higher education: entrepreneurial universities and high-technology entrepreneurship. Industry and Innovation, 28 (3). pp. 343-364. ISSN 1366-2716

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Public policies focusing on the higher education landscape often pursue a paradigm shift among universities that may ultimately lead to the transformation towards entrepreneurial universities. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether a higher education policy-induced transformation significantly influenced regional high-technology entrepreneurship. We thereby focus on the German Excellence Initiative, a higher education policy intervention designed to foster and support the transformative change of German universities towards an entrepreneurial paradigm. Our results reveal that the German Excellence Initiative had a positive and significant impact on regional high-technology entrepreneurship. Our results further show that the higher the interaction with industry, the more conducive universities become for regional high-technology entrepreneurship. In addition, universities’ overarching scientific focus decisively affects regional high-technology entrepreneurship. Based on our results, we conclude our paper by outlining implications for policy makers, high-technology entrepreneurs and university managers as well as present future avenues for research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurial universities, Entrepreneurship, excellence initiative, Germany, high-technology entrepreneurship, start-ups, entrepreneurial ecosystems
Subjects: N200 Management studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 14:25
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2021 03:30

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