ERIC Number: EJ1091656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Institutions as Change Agents for Territorial Development
Aranguren, Mari Jose; Guibert, José María; Valdaliso, Jesús M.; Wilson, James R.
Industry and Higher Education, v30 n1 p27-40 Feb 2016
There is increasing interest in the role academic institutions can play as catalysts of change within the territories in which they are located, by contributing proactively to shaping socio-economic development processes. This role for universities takes us beyond the typical focus on knowledge transfer activities or broad economic impacts. It highlights in particular the contributions of 'softer' disciplines such as management, economics, the humanities and public policy. This paper explores this proactive strategic role for academia in regional development by means of an analysis of a particular case of institutional entrepreneurship in the Basque Country region of Spain. The telling of such stories is critical if we are to reach a better understanding of the impact universities can have in their regions beyond a quantitative, market-focused analysis.
Descriptors: Change Agents, Universities, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Regional Characteristics, Regional Planning, Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Economic Impact, Competition, School Business Relationship, Entrepreneurship, Free Enterprise System, Commercialization, Business, Economics, Public Policy, Humanities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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