Academic Entrepreneur, Academic Entrepreneurship

  • Thorsten D. BarthEmail author
  • Willi Schlegelmilch
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In the scientific theory, the terms academic entrepreneur and academic entrepreneurship are defined and developed further in very different ways. From the traditional perspective, academic entrepreneurship means an “university spin-off” or an institutional transfer of research, development, or technology to start innovations or ventures (see, for example, Shane 2004). According to Beckman and Cherwitz (2009), academic entrepreneurship can be defined as an “intellectual enterprise,” in which universities cooperate with local communities to create new values or ideas. With the special focus on the production of knowledge an academic entrepreneurship is close to the definition of an “academic firm” (Campbell and Güttel 2005), which sees an academic entrepreneur operating simultaneously as intellectual actor (= academic) and as entrepreneurial actor (= firm). As a summarization, the terms academic entrepreneur and academic...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Political Scientist & Academic EntrepreneurVienna Democracy Ranking Organization – Academic Ranking TeamViennaAustria
  2. 2.Manager, Accounting System StandardisationSchönaichGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • David F. J. Campbell
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  1. 1.Faculty for Interdisciplinary StudiesAlpen-Adria-University KlagenfurtViennaAustria