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

In: The Great Debates in Entrepreneurship


  • Jeanne M. Hossenlopp


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.

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  • Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, 2017. "Should University Entrepreneurship Centers Be Controlled Centrally? Lessons Learned from Transitioning from a Business School to a Centralized Center," Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, in: Donald F. Kuratko & Sherry Hoskinson (ed.),The Great Debates in Entrepreneurship, volume 27, pages 87-97, Emerald Publishing Ltd.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:aseizz:s1048-473620170000027010

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