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Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century

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In "Engines of Innovation," Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein make the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. They argue that universities must use their vast intellectual and financial resources to confront global challenges such as climate change, extreme poverty, childhood diseases, and an impending worldwide shortage of clean wat ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by University of North Carolina Press (first published September 9th 2010)
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"The Chancellor of MIT, Phillip Clay, told us that innovation and entrepreneurship "are in the DNA" of his institution. At Stanford, the campus appears united around the mission of solving great problems." (40)

"Academia is not good at euthanasia..." (of long-lived research centers, 70)

"Most important, it [a rankings focus] forces the university into an execution trap where the only way to excel is to outperform peers; this trap, more often than not, devolves into an arms race involving everythin
Alex Timberman
The authors took an expansive definition of the entrepreneurial university. I believe it is timely as universities are certainly on an entrepreneurial trend. The author's perspective as President of a major university (UNC) convinced me that most research universities are trying to link with industry for various reasons pressured by rankings, industry income, and to work on some of the world's biggest problems such as climate change or energy. The problem was the book danced around the role of t ...more
Ross Mckinney
I'm interested in the role of the university as an engine of entrepreneurism, and this book starts well. But it doesn't take long (a few chapters) before the new ideas run dry. Disappointing, basically.
Rodrigo Trujillo
A very optimistic and deep analysis of the successfull programs that trasnform the univerties in USA to a world leader and a global reference. Very interesting to any university administrator.
Excellent read in time for Innofest 2011.Innovation in higher education to improve global competitiveness and recommended read.
Depressing as hell, but well-sorted in terms of the reality on the ground.
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