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Should University Entrepreneurship Centers Be Controlled Centrally? Lessons Learned from Transitioning from a Business School to a Centralized Center

Jeanne M. Hossenlopp

A chapter in The Great Debates in Entrepreneurship, 2017, vol. 27, pp 87-97 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract The location of entrepreneurship centers on university campuses has been the subject of debate as the traditional model of business school centers has been challenged by development of centralized structures. The purpose of this chapter is to explore some of the benefits and challenges when a center transitions from a college-based structure to one that is centrally controlled. This chapter provides a qualitative case study of the transition of an entrepreneurship center from a business college to a centralized model housed under a campus-wide office of research and innovation. It argues that a centralized entrepreneurship center can promote campus partnerships on programming, connect the center more effectively with other centralized resources, increase participation from students and faculty from a wider range of colleges, and provide a platform for cross-college collaboration. A key challenge can be the potential separation from faculty research and curriculum development.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship centers; university entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; social innovation; entrepreneurial ecosystem (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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