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Transforming Turkish Universities to Entrepreneurial Universities for Sustainability: From Strategy to Practice

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Kocaeli Vocational School, Department of Marketing and Advertising, Kocaeli University, 41140 Kocaeli, Turkey
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Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, European University of Lefke, 99780 Lefke, Turkey
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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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Institute of Research on Territorial Governance and Inter-Organizational Cooperation, 41-300 Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
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Environmental Resources Analysis Research Group (ARAM), University of Extremadura, 06071 Badajoz, Spain
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CITUR-Madeira-Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, 9000-082 Funchal-Madeira, Portugal
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VALORIZA-Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP), 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
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Faculty of Aviation and Aeronautical Sciences, Ozyegin University, 34794 Istanbul, Turkey
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1496; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041496
Received: 19 January 2020 / Revised: 15 February 2020 / Accepted: 16 February 2020 / Published: 17 February 2020
Today, universities are seen as the main actors of technological change, innovation, and social development; this situation causes new roles for universities, as well as forces them to change. At present, universities face very important expectations such as research and entrepreneurial activities by providing the industry–university cooperation along with education and training. In order to manage that transformation, it is seen that the universities across the world evolve to context of entrepreneurial university. Within this general framework, the main objective of this research is to determine where Turkish universities stand on the transformation of entrepreneurial university. In order to achieve this goal, 68 public universities’ strategic plans, which are thought to reflect the intentions for the future, were subjected to content analysis. The findings showed that the majority of universities in our country did not have entrepreneurial university features but they have strong intention and desire for a transformation in this direction. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial university; strategic plan; content analysis entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial university; strategic plan; content analysis
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Genç, S.Y.; Sesen, H.; Castanho, R.A.; Kirikkaleli, D.; Soran, S. Transforming Turkish Universities to Entrepreneurial Universities for Sustainability: From Strategy to Practice. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1496.

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