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Developing the Entrepreneurial University: Factors of Influence

Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 842; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030842
Received: 28 November 2019 / Revised: 15 January 2020 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 23 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Higher Education in Innovation Ecosystems)
Universities are increasingly paying more attention to developing academic entrepreneurship. This paper analyses the existing relationships between the relevant factors that contribute to the development of the entrepreneurial university. A previously validated questionnaire was administered to a sample of 84 deans of a number of faculties in Spain. The aim was to assess the universities’ development in terms of 13 influencing factors in encouraging entrepreneurship. The findings show that universities’ contextual factors had only minor influence on internal factors. Internal resources were found to be moderately or highly correlated with the processes put in place by universities to promote entrepreneurship. In particular, reference to entrepreneurship in a university’s mission, strategy, policies and procedures had a correlation with all the entrepreneurship factors analysed. Support from the management team and organisational design were not among the most important factors; however, they were positively associated with training and research processes, which, in turn, seemed to be strongly related to all factors in the development of the entrepreneurial university, especially with university mission and strategy. The findings show the relationships between the factors involved in the development of the entrepreneurial university. This will help universities to adopt measures that are better suited to promoting entrepreneurship. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurial university; entrepreneurship; triple helix; higher education; influencing factors entrepreneurial university; entrepreneurship; triple helix; higher education; influencing factors
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Bezanilla, M.J.; García-Olalla, A.; Paños-Castro, J.; Arruti, A. Developing the Entrepreneurial University: Factors of Influence. Sustainability 2020, 12, 842. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030842

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Bezanilla MJ, García-Olalla A, Paños-Castro J, Arruti A. Developing the Entrepreneurial University: Factors of Influence. Sustainability. 2020; 12(3):842. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030842

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Bezanilla, María J., Ana García-Olalla, Jessica Paños-Castro, and Arantza Arruti. 2020. "Developing the Entrepreneurial University: Factors of Influence" Sustainability 12, no. 3: 842. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030842

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