, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 1–4 | Cite as

Universities in the New Knowledge Landscape: Tensions, Challenges, Change—An Introduction

  • Andrea Bonaccorsi
  • Cinzia Daraio
  • Aldo Geuna


In the last decades of the twentieth century universities in Europe and other OECD countries have undergone a profound transformation. They have evolved from mainly élite institutions for teaching and research to large (public and private) organisations responsible for mass higher education and the production and distribution of new knowledge. Increasingly, new knowledge is produced by universities not only for its own sake but also for potential economic gains.


Higher education Universities Third mission University-industry relations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Management, CIEG, Centro Studi di Ingegneria Economico-GestionaleUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Economia “S. Cognetti de Martiis”, BRICK, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Grenoble Ecole de ManagementUniversità di TorinoTurinItaly

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