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High Hopes: Regional Policy Expectations for the Entrepreneurial University

Publication Details
Authors: Lahikainen Katja, Pihkala Timo, Ruskovaara Elena
Editors of book: Daniel, A.D.; Teixeira, A. A. C.; Preto, M. T.
Edition name or number: 1
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Title of parent publication: Examining the Role of Entrepreneurial Universities in Regional Development
ISBN: 9781799801740
eISBN: 9781799801764
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


The regional impact of entrepreneurial universities
is a well-researched topic, but less attention is paid to the expectations of
the regional policy institutes toward the university. This chapter investigates
the regional policy expectations toward the university and what the influence
of the university to these expectations is. This study is based on a
technological university case in a peripheral region in Finland. The results of
the study show that the existence of a single university leads easily to a
university-dominant policy and thus to a regional policy lock-in. Consequently,
the implementation of the regional policies can be in the hands of the
university, leaving other regional stakeholders with a minor role. In order to
fully utilize the potential of the university to address the specific regional
challenges, the university should not only be seen as a locus of new spin-offs
and start-ups, but rather as a producer of qualified graduates and future

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