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The systemic role of universities in entrepreneurship: from entrepreneurial ecosystem dynamics tot he emergence of entrepreneurial university archetypes

Die systemische Rolle der Universitäten im Unternehmertum: von der Dynamik des unternehmerischen Ökosystems bis zur Entstehung unternehmerischer Universitätsarchetypen

  • Understanding that entrepreneurship can be better modeled from a systemic point of view is a primordial aspect that determines the important role of universities in entrepreneurial ecosystems. What makes the ecosystem approach a valuable tool for understanding social systems is that, from a holistic perspective, their behavior seems to have emerging characteristics. The impact of this “research object” can only be revealed through interrelated causal chains similar to the behavior of natural ecosystems (Mars et al., 2012). Therefore, the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept provides a unique perspective that complements previous studies on networked economic activity with a clear focus on the systemic elements that support entrepreneurship, and an emphasis on policy that promote the entrepreneurial process. This dissertation presents a dual scientific account of the entrepreneurship phenomenon in universities. The work is divided into two equal parts, each of which is composed of two research papers. The narrative of the first half takes on a macro perspective view, consisting of one theoretical and one empirically-based conceptual case study. This part conceptually depicts a systematic approach to entrepreneurialism in higher education, namely an ecosystems perspective. The second half concentrates on the meso- and micro levels of study from the university’s point of view, comprising of a case study as historical account for the emergence of the entrepreneurial university, and of a metasynthesis of empirical case studies in entrepreneurial universities, which serves as the basis for the development of entrepreneurial university archetypes. This doctoral work contributes to an in-depth understanding of Entrepreneurship in universities regarding its systemic qualities and archetypal characteristics of entrepreneurial universities. It argues for an ecosystem’s perspective on the phenomenon of entrepreneurial activity, highlighting the fundamental role that universities play as the heart of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Furthermore, this research expands on the novel concept of the entrepreneurial university by using extensive case study literature to empirically identify distinct archetypes that better reflect the diverse reality of how universities engage as entrepreneurial actors by way of differentiated entrepreneurial structures, systems, and strategies.

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Author:Johann Daniel Bronstein Bejarano
URN:urn:nbn:de:gbv:luen4-opus4-12217
URL: https://pub-data.leuphana.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/1221
Referee:Markus Reihlen (Prof. Dr.), Ursula Weisenfeld (Prof. Dr.), Jantje Halberstadt (Prof. Dr.)
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Language:English
Year of Completion:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/04/22
Publishing Institution:Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Universitätsbibliothek der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Granting Institution:Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Date of final exam:2022/03/28
Release Date:2022/04/22
Institutes:Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht