This paper examines the role of higher education institutions among the various policies and programmes, community and private sector initiatives within a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. We use data collected from a set of sixteen interviews with service providers to the entrepreneurship community in Adelaide, SA, to construct a framework of the perceived roles and contributions of the university sector to an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The contribution of this paper relates to its focus on what universities are expected to contribute within a regional and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The findings suggest five specific roles for universities in Australia which opens a discussion around the strategic choices for university executive management in approaching regional engagement in economic development issues through contributions to entrepreneurship. We also discuss the difficulty of the term ecosystem when considered in this context as we encountered it through our analysis.
|Title of host publication||Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015, 3-6 February 2015, Adelaide, South Australia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Conference Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Brisbane|
|Publisher||Queensland University of Technology|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015 - Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 3 Feb 2015 → 6 Feb 2015
|Conference||Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015|
|Period||3/02/15 → 6/02/15|
- entrepreneurial ecosystem
O'Connor, A., & Reed, G. (2015). Promoting regional entrepreneurship ecosystems: the role of the university sector in Australia. In P. Davidsson (Ed.), Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015, 3-6 February 2015, Adelaide, South Australia: Conference Proceedings (pp. 772-788). Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.