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The Street-Wise University: The Amsterdam Knowledge Mile as an Intermediary and Place-Making Concept

Centre for Applied Research on Business and Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, 1000 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(8), 229; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8080229
Received: 24 June 2019 / Revised: 25 July 2019 / Accepted: 29 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Universities’ Contributions to Societal Development)
Universities have become more engaged or entrepreneurial, forging deeper relations with society beyond the economic sphere. To foster, structure, and institutionalize a broader spectrum of engagement, new types of intermediary organizations are created, going beyond the “standard” technology transfer offices, incubators, and science parks. This paper conceptualizes the role of such new-style intermediaries as facilitator, enabler, and co-shaper of university–society interaction, making a distinction between the roles of facilitation, configuration, and brokering. As a case study, the paper presents the Knowledge Mile in Amsterdam as a novel form of hyper-local engagement of a university with its urban surroundings that connects the challenges of companies and organisations in the street to a broad range of educational and research activities of the university, as well as to rebrand the street. View Full-Text
Keywords: engaged university; entrepreneurial university; living lab; intermediation; higher education engaged university; entrepreneurial university; living lab; intermediation; higher education
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van Winden, W.; Hagemans, I.; van Hemert, P. The Street-Wise University: The Amsterdam Knowledge Mile as an Intermediary and Place-Making Concept. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 229.

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