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Conference „Die Vermessung der Third Mission“

Reciprocal interactions between higher education institutions and their societal environment are highly relevant in today`s knowledge society. Universities` “Third Mission” is to advance such interactions.

Two research projects out of the german federal ministry of education and research  funding line „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft“ have generated new findings concernig the institutionalization of third mission activities in the german higher education sector. Their members will present these findings  at Umweltforum Berlin on September 27 & 28.

For further informations take a look at http://www.che.de/thirdmission2016

CfP: 2016 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference

The 2016 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference will be held from November 3-5, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference theme is on Innovative Mechanisms for the Exchange of New Knowledge. Contributions may include the following areas:

  • Research Centers, Groups and Team Dynamics
  • University R&D Collaborations
  • Ethical and Normative Issues in Technology Transfer and Research Collaboration
  • Academic Entrepreneurship
  • Public Sector Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship support policies and programs
  • Models of University Technology Transfer

Submission deadline for session proposals (1-2 pages) or research abstracts (300-500 words) is on July 1, 2016. Find more information on the conference website.

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.

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg, Academy Readings 2015

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg aims to promote interdisciplinary research across universities and non-university research institutions and advocates dialogue between academia, the public, and politics. Members of the Academy are distinct scholars from Germany. For further information take a look at the homepage.

The Academy hosts inter alia academy readings with outstanding scientists. This years program focusses on academic freedom featuring readings from Torsten Wilholt, Paul Kirchhoff, Martin Carrier, and Bettina Schöne-Seifert. Especially for researchers in the field of higher education the readings are worth visting. See the program for further information about the lectures.

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.

IndiKon’s short visit to Munich

The Network for Science Management (Netzwerk Wissenschaftsmanagement) invited us to participate in their annual meeting which took place in Munich last week. The network aims to support the professionalization of administration through regular exchange of ideas and experiences and has, thus, a strong practical focus. Together with Isabel Welpe, Jutta Wollersheim, and Stefanie Ringelhan from the Chair of Strategy and Organization at TU Munich, I was invited to talk about the governance of academic cooperation from a scholarly standpoint.

The research group from Munich held an impressive talk about quantitative assessments of research productivity and possible performance paradoxes, the differing intensity of collaboration between PhD students of economics and among PhD students of management, and the possibilities of new forms of collaboration (e.g. crowd research), publication (e.g. open peer review and open access) and scholarly communication (e.g. web 2.0 applications). If I might say so, their research looks very interesting and especially their new ventures promise relevant insights.

After their talk, I presented the results of two studies which are currently under review for publication (fingers crossed). The studies approach the emerging actorhood of universities from a governance- and a resource-perspective. As already reported earlier, governance reforms in the early 2000s have strenthened managerial mechanisms and delegated decision-competencies to the upper echelons of universities, the president, vice-presidents, and chancellors. So we asked ourselves, whether the composition of this “top management team” has any influence on how successful the university is in acquiring competitive funding for large collaborative projects? The results suggest that socio-demographic diversity of decision-makers has positive effects on performance in that regard. The second study investigates the increasing professionalization of administration in specialized central support units. Results indicate that performance is not always enhanced by these developments. In some cases, voluntary collective action seems to be more important than support from such units. However, we’re currently gathering additional data and running further tests on our models, so the final results may be more rubust and provide further clarity.

There was broad consensus about the implications of the first study. Some were reminded of Niklas Luhmann who stated that complexity can only be reduced by complexity – a nice thought, indeed. The results of the second study were, not surprisingly, seen a little bit more controversial. I’m grateful for this opportunity to discuss our research with practitioners in the field (many thanks to Dr. Brauns from the Thuringian Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture).

Perspectives on the 13th International Science-to-Business Marketing Conference

During the past month of June, I had the opportunity to assist and present my work at the 13th International Science-to-Business Marketing Conference “Cross Organizational Value Creation” in Winterthur, Switzerland. Organized by the ZHAW School of Management and Law in cooperation with the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre of Münster University of Applied Sciences, the conference brought together 113 experts from research institutions, industry and intermediaries (e.g. TTOs) from 24 countries to foster a powerful environment of dialog and collaboration. Thereby also building a network for future cooperation.

This international environment was a breeding place for great discussions, new connections and inspiring talks. The different conference activities, such as keynote presentations, facilitated expert panels, scientific presentations and practical workshops as well as an “Open Space Workshop“ offered a brought range of new knowledge and creative solutions. Participants took home new ideas, models, instruments and pieces of knowledge and innovation to apply in practice, either as an academic or practitioner.

Among the central topics discussed at the conference was the issue of modern collaboration relationships at the organizational and individual level. One of the outcomes was that the concept of traditional organizational borders is obsolete, thanks to the drastic transformation by information and communication systems in interlinking organizations. Due to which, a higher level of cooperation skills, flexibility and agility in value creation is required. The discussions closed the book on traditional concepts of Technology Transfer and moved towards new terms and activities. Amongst which was the more modern and broader term of Knowledge Transfer, which was characterized as bidirectional, directed by markets, customer needs, expectations, partnerships, creating value and offering mutual benefits.

I have presented my research study of the Leuphana Innovation Incubator, through which I tried to expand our understanding of formal knowledge transfer structures, by describing how various cooperation mechanisms can be institutionalized into an integrative cooperation scheme that promotes knowledge-based innovation and sustainable regional economic development. During and after the track session, I have received valuable feedback and constructive ideas in how to frame the paper and derive theoretical and practical implications.

I look forward to participating in another successful event next year at the 14th conference. For more information and updates please visit the link bellow:


See you all there,

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

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.