Innovation Ecosystems and Universities

  • Erkan Erdil
  • Dirk Meissner
  • Joanna Chataway
Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)


During the last decades the number of universities extending their initial education and teaching missions towards the triple helix and knowledge triangle paradigms, e.g. knowledge and technology transfer and innovation has increased substantially. In line with this evolution the term ‘entrepreneurial university’ became increasingly popular however until recently there is hardly a common understanding of ‘entrepreneurial universities’. The main perception of ‘entrepreneurial universities’ rests with a visible and measurable contribution of universities to innovation and entrepreneurship in a broader sense. Although this perception is plausible and convincing it raises many open questions which mainly point to university governance models. The innovation and entrepreneurial university paradigm requires a holistic view on university governance approaches which include the full set of universities missions and respective management routines. In this respect it’s of utmost importance that universities keep a “healthy balance” between their missions. This statement is frequently used in many instances yet thus far there is no clear indication what a “healthy balance” implies. The chapter provides first indications about entrepreneurial university governance and respective management approaches.


Entrepreneurial university Knowledge triangle Triple helix Innovation Knowledge transfer 



The book was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of the subsidy granted to the HSE by the Government of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the Global Competitiveness Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ODTÜ-TEKPOL Research Center and Department of EconomicsMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  3. 3.SPRU—Science Policy Research UnitUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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