Targeting on Innovation: Potentials and Limits of Entrepreneurial Universities

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


Innovation has become a frequently quoted and lived central missions of universities. This book demonstrates however that the mission is not constant. New challenges and opportunities emerge at different moments in history and there are currently a number of important strategic orientations that universities need to consider and balance. Universities face the challenge to balance their different activities and missions in order to ensure sustainable impact on innovation ecosystems at different levels. The authors argue that entrepreneurial universities as we know them today will change their thinking and activities from being purely demonstrable impact driven towards an activity portfolio approach. The latter considers ongoing institutional and governance change paired with a selected number of activities which provide demonstrable and visible impact but also continuing to invest into the free mind blue sky driven work typical for such institutions. Even beyond this the entrepreneurial university features risk taking by means of a research and innovation friendly internal climate and organization which is driven by rigor but not administration and performance indicators.


Entrepreneurial university Government intervention Innovation Basic research Academic freedom 



The book chapter 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.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  2. 2.METU-TEKPOL (Science and Technology Policies Research Center) and Department of EconomicsMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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