The Concept of the Entrepreneurial University Applied to Universities of Technology in Austria: Already Reality or a Vision of the Future?

Martin Sperrer, Christiana Müller, Julia Soos

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Abstract

The concept of the "entrepreneurial university" is now recognized as a major driver for
self-development and innovation and as an appropriate response to succeeding in highly
turbulent and unpredictable markets. This article outlines and evaluates the current implementation
of this concept at the universities of technology (TU) in Austria. First, to
evaluate the status quo, a review of existing programs and initiatives was undertaken at
the three universities comprising the "TU Austria": TU Graz, TU Wien (Vienna), and MU
Leoben. Second, a questionnaire was designed on the basis of the HEInnovate framework
and sent to representatives of the three universities and resulted in responses from TU
Graz and TU Wien. The results underscore that the model of the entrepreneurial university
represents the next step of development in higher education. Moreover, it demonstrates
that there is still room for improvement at the TU Austria, especially in terms of
fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalTechnology Innovation Management Review
Volume6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Keywords

  • entrepreneurship
  • TU Austria
  • entrepreneurial university
  • HEInnovate framework
  • triple helix
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • TU Graz
  • TU Wien

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