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Turning science into business: a case study of a major European research university

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  • Azèle Mathieu
  • Martin Meyer
  • Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

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The ‘entrepreneurial university’ has become commonplace in debates about new ways of knowledge production and the changing relationships between university, industry and government. A rich literature has developed exploring outputs of such activity, most notably ‘patenting’, ‘licensing’, and ‘spin-outs’. There is also an ‘organisational’ literature exploring the entrepreneurial transformation of universities. All too often these two streams of literature ignore each other. This paper aims to make a bridging contribution by exploring the case of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Is it necessary for universities to transform themselves into fully entrepreneurial organisations to contribute substantially in terms of economic development? The ULB case illustrates the potential for nurturing entrepreneurial activities locally as well as the possibilities and limitations of top-down actions instilling entrepreneurial culture among academic rank and file. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Azèle Mathieu & Martin Meyer & Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, 2008. "Turning science into business: a case study of a major European research university," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 35(9), pages 669-679, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:35:y:2008:i:9:p:669-679
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    1. Nicolas van Zeebroeck & Bruno Van Pottelsberghe & Dominique Guellec, 2008. "Patents and Academic Research: A State of the Art," Working Papers CEB 08-013.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Anja Schoen & Bruno Pottelsberghe de la Potterie & Joachim Henkel, 2014. "Governance typology of universities’ technology transfer processes," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 435-453, June.
    3. Secondo Rolfo & Ugo Finardi, 2014. "University Third mission in Italy: organization, faculty attitude and academic specialization," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 472-486, June.

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    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital

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