Universities within the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Exploring the Process of Co-evolution

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The entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE) has emerged as a popular concept, capturing the systemic nature of entrepreneurship whereby value creation results from the interaction of multiple actors. However, the concept has been criticized for being under-theorized, overlooking the roles of knowledge generators such as universities, and taking a static approach. Given these criticisms, this chapter presents a conceptual model of the EE that outlines the roles of universities and the process of co-evolution, whereby each may promote change in the other. Furthermore, the chapter explores how both the determinism and reactiveness of the university can influence the evolution of the EE. Finally, several further questions are proposed to further develop understanding of universities and EEs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Ecosystems in Cities and Regions
Subtitle of host publicationEmergence, Evolution, and Future
EditorsRobert Huggins, Piers Thompson, Fumi Kitagawa, Christina Theodoraki, Daniel Prokop
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780191957055
ISBN (Print)9780192866264
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2024

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