The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 313–321 | Cite as

From the entrepreneurial university to the university for the entrepreneurial society

  • David B. AudretschEmail author


This article examines how and why the role of the university in society has evolved over time. The paper argues that the forces shaping economic growth and performance have also influenced the corresponding role for the university. As the economy has evolved from being driven by physical capital to knowledge, and then again to being driven by entrepreneurship, the role of the university has also evolved over time. While the entrepreneurial university was a response to generate technology transfer and knowledge-based startups, the role of the university in the entrepreneurial society has broadened to focus on enhancing entrepreneurship capital and facilitating behavior to prosper in an entrepreneurial society.


Entrepreneurial society Entrepreneurial university Knowledge filter Technology transfer 

JEL Classification

N31 O30 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.WHU Otto Beisheim School of BusinessValendarGermany

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