Our – i.e. Florian Becke’s, Andreas Altmann’s and my –  paper “Embedding of a University Into the National System of Entrepreneurship” was presented at the QS-MAPLE conference last week in Doha.

The paper highlights that the national system of entrepreneurship (Ács, Autio, and Szerb 2014)  can be considered a sub-system of the national system of innovation (e.g. Edquist 2005). As that it has a specific function in the innovation system: to enable entrepreneurial experimentation (Carlsson and Jacobsson 2004; Edquist 2005; Bergek et al. 2008). We link the discussion to the concept of an entrepreneurial university (Gjerding et al. 2006) and show in a case study approach how a university can be embedded in the system of entrepreneurship. We highlight the benefits for doing so and the challenges for the university.


Ács, Zoltán J., Erkko Autio, and László Szerb. 2014. “National Systems of Entrepreneurship: Measurement Issues and Policy Implications.” Research Policy 43 (3) (April): 476–494. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2013.08.016.

Bergek, Anna, S. Jacobsson, Bo Carlsson, S. Lindmark, and A. Rickne. 2008. “Analyzing the Functional Dynamics of Technological Innovation Systems: A Scheme of Analysis.” Research Policy 37 (February): 407–429. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2007.12.003.

Carlsson, Bo, and S Jacobsson. 2004. “Dynamics of Innovation Systems: Policy-Making in a Complex and Non-Deterministic World.” In DRUID Summer Conference 2004: Industrial Dynamics, Innovation and Development. Copenhagen.

Edquist, Charles. 2005. “Systems of Innovation – Perspectives and Challenges.” In The Oxford Handbook of Innovation, edited by Jan Fagerberg, David C. Mowery, and Richard R. Nelson, 181–208. Oxford: Oxford Universtiy Press.

Gjerding, Allan N., Shona P. B. Cameron, Celeste P. M. Wilderom, Adam Taylor, and Klaus-Joachim Scheunert. 2006. “Twenty Practices of an Entrepreneurial University.” Higher Education Management and Policy 18 (3): 1–28. doi:10.1787/hemp-v18-art19-en.