The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 175-188

First online:

Entpreprenerial Universities and Technology Transfer: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Knowledge-Based Economic Development

  • Janet BercovitzAffiliated withUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business
  • , Maryann FeldmanAffiliated withJoseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Email author 

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This paper offers a framework to illuminate the role of universities in systems of innovation. The framework attempts to incorporate economic, social, and political influences that affect the ability of universities to both create new knowledge and deploy that knowledge in economically useful ways and thereby contribute to economic growth and prosperity. The objective of this paper is to build a more general understanding of university–industry relationships and their role in knowledge-based innovation systems.


universities entrepreneurship technology transfer economy development knowledge base

JEL Classification

O21 O31 O34