Academic Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland: Re-orientating academia within the knowledge economy.

M Brennan, P McGovern, P McGowan

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The aim of the paper is to profile the current practice andunderstanding of entrepreneurship in the context of academicinstitutions on the island of Ireland. A qualitative, sense-makingmethodology is used involving a purposeful sampling of perceptionsfrom staff at academic institutions in the Republic of Irelandand Northern Ireland. First, the concept of academic entrepreneurshipis explored both from an individual and from a corporateperspective. Second, comparative evidence of academic entrepreneurshipis presented to highlight significant differences betweenthe Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Recent contrastingpolicy differences are also identified. Third, a profile of the currentstate of academic entrepreneurship in Ireland is presented. Thediscussion then explores the main findings of the exercise andimplications in terms of how academic institutions best engage withentrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-77
JournalIrish Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2007

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