Policies, Plans and Metrics
Edited by Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carrillo
Chapter 14: Enterprising: Academics, Knowledge Capital and Towards PASCAL Universities
James A. Powell INTRODUCTION This chapter portrays an innovative approach from a consortium of universities that have developed new and highly effective ways of both knowledge sharing and active working with external colleagues from business, industry and civic society for the benefit of knowledge cities. In particular, these universities harness global imagination and unlock the talents of all partners to co-identify, co-create and co-produce flourishing futures projects and processes for real world impact. Even traditional academics in these universities are transforming themselves to become more enterprising, thus opening up deeper conversations with strategic partners so that all can flourish and add real value for their knowledge capitals. Nearly a decade ago, Will Hutton, of the Work Foundation, proposed that Manchester, in the UK, had all the attributes to become an ‘Ideopolis’ – a 21st century knowledge city with sufficient capability, talent and facilities to enable it to flourish in the global knowledge economy. His idea was honed and developed into a working entity by a powerful team of senior Manchester leaders into what has become known as Manchester: Knowledge Capital – a name invented by the three CONTACT Universities of Greater Manchester and endorsed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the day, John Prescott (now Lord Prescott). The present author helped lead that development and hence write this chapter. Key in this development, and in other knowledge capitals throughout the world, has been the role universities must play in driving necessary cultural change, leading to more relevant innovations fit-for-purpose, thus enabling sustainable...
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