Small Business Economics

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 551–563 | Cite as

Entrepreneurial universities: emerging models in the new social and economic landscape

  • Maribel GuerreroEmail author
  • David Urbano
  • Alain Fayolle
  • Magnus Klofsten
  • Sarfraz Mian


The purpose of this paper and the special issue is to improve our understanding of the theoretical, empirical, managerial and political implications of emerging models of entrepreneurial universities in the new social and economic landscape. We accomplish this objective by examining the role of entrepreneurial universities as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Our analysis starts with an overview by outlining an overarching framework. This allows us to highlight the contributions made in this special issue within the framework. We conclude by outlining an agenda for future research and discuss implications for university managers, policy makers, and other academic agents involved in the development of entrepreneurial/innovation ecosystems.


Entrepreneurial university Innovation Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Social and economic landscape Impacts USA Europe 



The Guest Editors of the Special Issue acknowledge the support provided by David Audretsch, Editor-in-Chief, Small Business Economics. We also appreciate the time and hard work of many colleagues who volunteered to review the manuscripts and offered valuable advice to the authors (confidentiality rules do not permit to list their names).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maribel Guerrero
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Urbano
    • 2
  • Alain Fayolle
    • 3
  • Magnus Klofsten
    • 4
  • Sarfraz Mian
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Strategy, Deusto Business SchoolUniversity of DeustoDonostia-San SebastiánSpain
  2. 2.Department of BusinessUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.EM Lyon Business SchoolÉcullyFrancia
  4. 4.Linköping University/CIELinköpingSweden
  5. 5.School of BusinessState University of New YorkOswegoUSA

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