Creativity and Entrepreneurship
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Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Changing Currents in Education and Public Life

Edited by Lynn Book and David Phillips

While creativity and entrepreneurship may appear to be unlikely allies, they are increasingly intersecting to produce economic and social value in new and exciting ways. This groundbreaking volume examines how creativity and entrepreneurship can be used in conjunction to foster positive change and innovation, particularly in areas such as higher education and sustainable global development.
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Chapter 2: Academic intellectual entrepreneurs: Interdisciplinary innovation in university settings

Changing Currents in Education and Public Life

Liora Bresler


I identify Academic Intellectual Entrepreneurs (AIEs) as creative university faculty who cross intellectual and often organizational boundaries to create a product broadly conceived: high-impact research, teaching and service. Academics, like entrepreneurs, are expected to manifest expansive vision, fresh perception, creativity and persistence in exploring and developing opportunities in a process of continuous learning. However, while academic learning can be theoretical and text-based, entrepreneurs learn from experience, take risks and grow from mistakes. Traditional faculty are expected to publish but are not held responsible for the impact of their words. They are expected to teach, but the onus of learning is on students. Economic, social and intellectual entrepreneurs develop products that must interact with people’s experiences to bring about change. AIEs embody a commitment to usefulness in their scholarship, teaching and service. They are animators, working with others to give life to an idea that is useful and transformative.

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