Rural Universities and Entrepreneurial Architecture: Case Lincoln (UK)

Salomaa, Maria (2019) Rural Universities and Entrepreneurial Architecture: Case Lincoln (UK). In: American Association of Geographers, Annual meeting, 3rd-7th of April 2019, Washington DC.

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Universities are expected to contribute to regional development through the ‘third mission’ going beyond the traditional academic core functions. Hitherto, the literature has focused on a rather idealistic ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to university engagement, though in reality universities have different ways to carry out third stream activities. This has been partly explained by geographic factors.
This study focuses on how a particular context can shape universities’ institutional responses towards the third mission. A single case study of University of Lincoln (UK) demonstrates that a rural context has impact on the way universities develop their Entrepreneurial Architectures. A contextual element, namely a rural region, was added to the Entrepreneurial Architecture framework, originally conceptualised by Vorley & Nelles (2009), to study how the rural context affects to the other dimensions of the EA framework.
Tentative findings from the Lincoln case study suggest that in rural regions universities face increased expectations to take leadership outside of academia in the lack of other local knowledge institutions. The engagement is largely based on personal linkages with external stakeholders instead of formal collaboration mechanism, while the structures and strategic choices are oriented towards serving the local job market and regional priority sectors. These results imply that a particular context shapes the university’s orientation and institutional responses towards the third stream activities, and thus further context-sensitive studies on universities’ EA would be beneficial for exploring how universities can efficiently contribute to regional development in different environments.

Keywords:entrepreneurial university, entrepreneurial architecture, university engagement
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K410 Regional Planning
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:35791
Deposited On:02 May 2019 08:14

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