Theorizing the university governance role in entrepreneurial ecosystem

Allan C. O’Connor, Gerard Reed

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This chapter examines the role of higher education institutions among the various programmes, community and private sector initiatives within a regional milieu and specifically an entrepreneurial ecosystem. We use data collected from a set of sixteen interviews with service providers to the entrepreneurship community in Adelaide, Australia, to construct a framework of the perceived roles and contributions of the university sector to an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The contribution of this chapter relates to its focus on what universities are expected to contribute within a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. The findings suggest five specific roles for universities which opens a discussion around the strategic choices for university executive management in approaching regional engagement in economic development issues through contributions to entrepreneurship. We also discuss the issue of governance that arises through our analysis and the implications for place-based and regional entrepreneurial ecosystem development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Ecosystems: Place-based transformations and transitions
Editors Allan O'Connor, Erik Stam, Fiona Sussan, David B. Audretsch
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319635316
ISBN (Print)9783319635309
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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