The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 175–188 | Cite as

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



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 

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O21 O31 O34 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignCollege of BusinessChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Joseph L. Rotman School of ManagementUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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