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CfP: Special Issue on ‘Theories from the Lab’ in JMS

The Journal of Management Studies (JMS) has issued a call for paper on “‘Theories from the Lab’: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies.” The special issue points to an important origin of the scientific knowledge and technology being commercialized – the research laboratory. And it connotes our belief that the science commercialization context can serve as a laboratory for researchers seeking to advance our understanding of key issues in management and organization studies.

The special issue will be edited by Riccardo Fini (University of Bologna, Italy), Einar Rasmussen (University of Nordland Business School, Norway), Johan Wiklund (Syracuse University, USA), and Mike Wright (Imperial College Business School London, UK). Deadline for manuscript submission is 30th September 2016. Find the full call for papers here.

Anouncement: KTT Conference April 2016

Guido Bünstorf, Georg Krücken, and Christian Schneijderberg are organizing a conference on “Academic entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.” It takes place on 11-12 April 2016, in the Science Park of the University of Kassel, Germany. See the full program here.

CfP: Special Issue in Strategic Organization

The journal “Strategic Organization” announced a call for papers for a special issue on “Strategic Management Theory and Universities.” Guest editors are Donald Siegel and David Teece. Deadline for submission of manuscripts is December 31st 2015. See the call for papers for more details.

Are universities responding better and faster to market demands?

I want to share an interesting thought on university-industry-relations concerning the development of curricula and research according to business demands. Generally, the political discourse increasingly emphasizes the urge to cooperate with industry: “universities should develop structured partnership WITH the world of enterprise in order to become significant players in the economy, able to respond better and faster to the demands of the market and to develop partnerships which harness scientific and technological knowledge.” (European Commission, 2009: 2). But, according to the “conventional wisdom”, universities are seen “as basically reluctant partners, unwilling or slow to respond to market demand” (Regini, 2012: 87).

However, Regini’s empirical findings suggest the opposite: universities do try to account for anticipated market demands, but not so the enterprises. The uncertainty of market developments simply forbids enterprises to “effectively anticipate their own needs for highly-skilled labor and competent human capital” (Regini, 2012: 87).

If the demand for skills (graduates) is highly volatile, how can universities made responsible for qualification mismatches? In other words, either the business world is made responsible for not being able to create a PROJECTABLE demand or both industry and universities have to be freed from the burden of being responsible of qualification mismatches, over-qualification or unemployment. Developed capitalist economies either live with the numerous market failures or we have to rethink the functionality of the capitalist market rather than to push universities to heal these systems failures.

EC, 2009. A new partnership for the modernisation agenda for universities: Education, research and innovation. Communication, COM(2009) 158. Brussels: European Comission.

Regini, M. 2012. Economizing and Marketization in a Functionally Differentiated Capitalist Society–A Theoretical Conceptualization. In U. Schimank, & U. Volkmann (Eds.), The Marketization of Society: Economizing the Non-Economic: 81-94.

CfP for special issue: entrepreneurial universities

The journal Small Business Economics announced a special issue on “Entrepreneurial Universities: Emerging Models in the New Social and Economic Landscape”. It is edited by Alain Fayolle, Maribel Guerrero, Magnus Klofsten, Sarfraz Mian, and David Urbano. Deadline for extended abstracts is on December 1st, 2014. Find the full call for papers here.

Highlights from the 2014 University-Industry interaction conference in Barcelona, Spain

During the last week of April the 2014 University-Industry interaction conference in Barcelona, Spain concluded with interesting contributions from over 300 participants. On my third consecutive year, I had the pleasure to be part of this international conference, which served as a meeting and discussion forum for practitioners and researchers on university-industry innovation and entrepreneurial universities, where both theory and practice were equally emphasized. There, I had the opportunity to engage in rich dialogues with researchers, lecturers, technology transfer professionals, industry representatives, entrepreneurs and policy makers.

The science museum of Barcelona (CosmoCaixa) was the perfect venue for three days full of discussions, workshops, presentations, networking and idea sharing. The conference was hosted by the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), which was established in 2012 with the aim to provide a functional and inspiring resource and networking platform fostering the exchange of knowledge and information among those working in technology transfer, intellectual property and university-industry relationships.

At the event, I had the opportunity to present my research on ‘Strategic Management of Entrepreneurial Universities’, receiving valuable feedback and constructive suggestions from expert researches and practitioners in the field. During the conference many relevant studies and best practice cases were presented. Moreover, the conference allowed me to benefit from various formats such as keynote speakers, parallel tracks, workshops, round table discussion and a poster session. There was plenty of networking opportunities thanks to the variety of social events, such as a city tour, welcome reception, a tour of the Barcelona Science Park and a conference dinner.

A noteworthy and quite enriching highlight of the event was a pre-conference workshop on University-Business cooperation, which was moderated by Todd Davey and Victoria Galan Muros from the UIIN. Based on the results of the largest study on University-Business Cooperation. The project resulted in two European reports (final study report and case study report) as well as 14 national reports (see www.ub-cooperation.eu for more information), the workshop provided us with tools that helped us gain a better understanding of how UBC can be fostered, promoted and strengthened.

You can find more information about the conference on their web site, where you will find more information on the topics presented, keynote speeches, sponsoring organizations as well as relevant links.

Hope to see you there at next year’s conference. Keep up to date by visiting this link: http://www.university-industry.com

Conference Entrepreneurship in Professional Service Firms

We are proud to have hosted the this year’s Novak Druce Annual Conference on professional service firms on “Entrepreneurship in Professional Service Firms” from 8-10th July 2012 in Lüneburg. The international research community represented by about 25 participants shares the concern that management and organization theory does not really acknowledge the particular properties of PSF organizations and the work of professionals. Hence, the peculiarities of PSF have to be developed further and contrasted with public or corporate organizations. The question of entrepreneurship and innovation is convenient in order to become aware of the nature of professional organizations. Whereas the virtue of corporate entrepreneurship can hardly be challenged as innovative products and services in most cases improve consumers’ satisfaction, professional services rather feature high ethical norms, standardization, stability and predictability. We know what may happen if banks exaggerate with the innovation of financial products or if accounting firms expand their services to the manipulation of balance sheets. There is a conflict if lawyers of a law firm – traditionally committed to the logic of their profession to represent nothing but law and right – are turning towards a business logic acquiring cases and targeting an economic benefit for his clients.
As the university is a prototype of a “professional bureaucracy” (Mintzberg), the claims for the Entrepreuneurial University have to be limited to its boundaries. Whilst the individual and collective process of knowledge creation is highly creative and innovative, scholars develop standards of methodology, ethics and recognition. These standards reflecting a professional logic seem to be challenged, if universities are demanded to engage in commodification of knowledge. The rise of “student consumerism” (Riesman) – the perception of students as clients contains the danger of turning education into a commodity and undermining the educational mission.

2012 Conference on Entrepreneurial University in Münster, Germany – Impressions

During the last week of April a wide range of scholars from all around the world, as well as business leaders and policy makers from the european sphere, got together in Münster, Germany to present and dicuss their experiences and academic work regarding Entrepreneurial Universities, knowledge transfer and university, industry and government relations.

Valuable research and interesting projects and case studies were presented, discussed and reflected upon. In general, the main topics covered challenges, opportunities and best practices on entrepreneurial activities in Universities, entrepreneurial education, transfer and incubation projects, as well as management and leadership in higher education in the knowledge economy and the increasing role played by universities in national and regional economic development.

Overall, the main consensus stressed the need for encouraging an “entrepreneurial spirit” at all levels and all activities in our higher education institutions (HEI). Even though we have many european examples of successful knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship initiatives, as well as some “flagship” entrepreneurial universities, such as University of Tweente in the Netherlands; there was widespread agreement on the need to further work on the transformation and development of our european universities into more entrepreneurial organisations. European universities can learn and emulate many of the successful iniviatives from other regions, such as North America and Asian, which in general portrait a more developed “entrepreneurial culture” in their HIE.

If you want more detailed information about the conference, follow the link bellow to the web site. There you will find valuable information on the topics presented, keynote speeches, sponsoring organisations, etc. This link, lets you download the presentations from keynote speakers and conference participants


Finally, please follow up on updates on this blog or on their website regarding information about next year’s conference date and location.

Institutional Change in Higher Education in Germany and the Emergence of the Entrepreneurial University

Another paper is going to be presented at the Higher Education Research Conference in Zürich: Markus Reihlen, Ferdinand Wenzlaff, and Johann Bronstein Bejarano (all from Leuphana University of Lüneburg) attempted to provide a broader understanding of the emergence of entrepreneurial universities. A key argument is that academic entrepreneurship is a response to the institutional change of the higher education field. Therefore the drivers of change and the properties of the eras of higher education must be explained. You find the abstract here:

Within the last 60 years, the German system of higher education has transformed gradually from professional dominance inspired by the Humboldtian model of a rule-governed community of scholars based on values of free inquiry, academic autonomy, and self-regulation into a new regime of managed education. On the macro level, we contribute to the very little research, synthesizing existing findings into a broader, longitudinal analysis of the institutional changes that have unfolded during the postwar period. We develop a better understanding of the societal and managerial issues of the transition and change by employing a theoretical framework of organizational institutionalism by identifying three eras of educational systems in post war Germany: the era of professional dominance, the era of federal involvement and democraticzation, and the era of managed education associated with the rise of the entrepreneurial university. For each era we expound the characterizing institutional logics, actors and governance systems as well as the mechanisms or events which triggered change. On the micro level, very little empirical research has been conducted on the specific institutional conditions, change processes, and practices of entrepreneurial universities in the German context. By illustrating a unique case of one of the most radical transformations of a university in the German postwar period, we contribute to the research gap how a more traditional public university is turned into an entrepreneurial one as a strategic response to institutional change.