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Understanding the emergence of the university-based entrepreneurial ecosystem: Comparing the university and company actors’ perspectives

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Publication Details
Authors: Lahikainen Katja
Editors of book: Laveren, Eddy; Blackburn, Robert; Ben-Hafaïedh, Cyrine; Díaz-García, Cristina; González Moreno, Ángela
Publishing place: Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Title of parent publication: Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research
ISBN: 978-1-83910-968-3
eISBN: 978-1-83910-969-0
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2021050528905


The purpose of
this study is to add to the literature on university-based entrepreneurial
ecosystems (U-BEEs) by providing new insights to the emergence of U-BEE. The
study is based on 22 thematic in-depth interviews conducted among company and
university actors. The analysis shows that the most important role of the
university in the ecosystem is to educate entrepreneurs and the high-quality
workforce. The emergence of U-BEE is fostered by scientific excellence,
focusing and strong dyadic relationships. However, strong dyadic relationships
can also act as a hindering factor, since they might lead to the one-sided
development of a specific industrial field. The study suggests that the current
theories on U-BEE should have more weight on entrepreneurial culture and social
relations. From the practitioner point of view, the study implies that the
centralization of entrepreneurship-related functions may lead to additional
bureaucracy that might hinder the emergence of U-BEE.

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