Public Organization Review

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 497–516 | Cite as

Designing the Entrepreneurial University: The Interpretation of a Global Idea

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
  • Bjørn Stensaker


Becoming an entrepreneurial university has been identified as the solution to the problems facing contemporary higher education systems. The idea of becoming an entrepreneurial university can be seen as the result of a more globalised higher education sector where the domestic and institution-specific characteristics of universities are downplayed in favour of a more uniform idea of what a university should do and how it should be organized. This article contributes to this scholarly discussion by analysing how efforts to transform universities into “more complete organisations” are understood and interpreted in terms of organisational structures.


University modernization Higher education reforms Matrix organizational structure Strategic actor-hood 



We would like to thank Dr. Kaare Aagaard and two anonymous reviewers for their contribution and insightful comments on an earlier version of the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AgderforskningKristiansand SNorway
  2. 2.University of OsloOsloNorway

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