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Title: Academic enterprise and regional economic growth: towards an enterprising university
Authors: Woollard, David
Zhang, Michael
Jones, Oswald
Citation: Industry and higher education, 2007, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 387-404
Publisher: I P Publishing Ltd.
Issue Date: 2007
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Abstract: This paper examines the potential and actual contributions to regional development and growth that UK higher education institutions can make through their 'third mission' activities. The authors adopt a case study approach and qualitative methods to analyse the details of academic activities, especially those related to business sectors and the welfare of local communities. Their data and analysis show that university-wide academic enterprise activities are not systematically organized or coordinated. The very concept of 'academic enterprise' has not been well received by the majority of academic staff. The findings have two major policy and managerial implications. First, there needs to be a reduction in the reliance on income from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in response to the progressive decrease in unit funding. Second, universities need to enhance employer-led curriculum development both through the creation of new businesses and by improving university-business links.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published in Industry and Higher Education, published by and copyright I P Publishing Ltd.
Keywords: Academic entrepreneurship
Academic enterprise
Regional development
University-business links
ISSN: 0950-4222
Appears in Collections: Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business (SEIB)

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