Promoting regional entrepreneurship ecosystems

the role of the university sector in Australia

Alan O'Connor, Gerard Reed

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015, 3-6 February 2015, Adelaide, South Australia
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
EditorsPer Davidsson
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Pages772-788
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780646933788
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 3 Feb 20156 Feb 2015

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleACERE
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period3/02/156/02/15

Keywords

  • entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • university
  • milieu

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    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.