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

Sema Yılmaz Genç (), Harun Sesen (), Rui Alexandre Castanho (), Dervis Kirikkaleli () and Semih Soran ()
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Sema Yılmaz Genç: Kocaeli Vocational School, Department of Marketing and Advertising, Kocaeli University, 41140 Kocaeli, Turkey
Harun Sesen: Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, European University of Lefke, 99780 Lefke, Turkey
Rui Alexandre Castanho: Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Semih Soran: Faculty of Aviation and Aeronautical Sciences, Ozyegin University, 34794 Istanbul, Turkey

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 4, 1-18

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial university; strategic plan; content analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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