Academic Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

Academic Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

Scholarship in Action and the Syracuse Miracle

Edited by Bruce Kingma

This poignant study presents a collection of research on entrepreneurship and community engagement. The context of this book is Syracuse University’s award winning model of Scholarship in Action with its emphasis on sustainable campus–community entrepreneurial partnerships and its resultant ‘Syracuse Miracle’, the transformation that has occurred in the Central New York community thanks to the university’s partnership with the community to drive social, environmental, and economic development.

Preface

Edited by Bruce Kingma

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, public management, politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy, urban and regional studies, urban studies

Extract

This book is a collection of edited chapters on research in entrepreneurship and community engagement, in the context of Syracuse University’s awardwinning model of Scholarship in Action, with its emphasis on sustainable campus–community entrepreneurial partnerships and applied research on the outcomes of these. Each chapter is written by a key academic leader at Syracuse University who participated in the partnership between the university and the Central New York community. This is the ‘Syracuse Miracle’, a transformation that has occurred in Central New York as a result of the engagement of Syracuse University with the community in social, environmental and economic development. Chapters are grounded in research on technology entrepreneurship, community engagement and entrepreneurial new models of education. Each chapter includes the authors’ initiative in Central New York, the model of engagement, background on comparable models at other institutions and their effectiveness, and the outcomes of the campus–community partnership including the success factors and failures of the initiative. In the book we use a broad definition of the term ‘academic entrepreneurship’. Our definition is not the traditional definition of the institution transferring its technology and research to create new ventures, as used by Steffensen et al. (1999); Meyer (2003); Perez and Sanchez (2003); Shane (2004); Link and Scott (2005); and Prodan and Drnovsek (2010), among many others. The definition of academic entrepreneurship used in this text is similar, but not identical, to the definition used in Glassman et al., (2003) and their focus on faculty as entrepreneurial thinkers. Our...