University-based Entrepreneurship Centers: Frameworks for Analysis

In this paper several analytical frameworks are proposed that describe the various “types” of university-based entrepreneurship center. The models presented include: Academic or Professional, Pragmatic, Hybrid, or a Stakeholder Theory classification based on salient groups. Suggested survey questions are included for a stakeholder theory perspective. Implications for theory, practice and policy are also discussed in this conceptual paper. Given the large number of universities worldwide that are involved in entrepreneurship development, it is surprising that we only have a piecemeal view of what form entrepreneurship centers take and the activities in which they engage.

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