Bridging town and gown: best practice? An essay on growing the local entrepreneurial ecosystem
by Norris Krueger
International Journal of Business and Globalisation (IJBG), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2012

Abstract: Dating back to the Middle Ages, universities and cities have co-existed awkwardly. Cities want to perceive universities as a resource; universities perceive their host cities as a support system for them. Yet this article suggests that the potential to be realised from genuine collaboration is enormous. Three potentially huge payoffs for both 'town' and 'gown' are identified: creating innovation; creating jobs; creating community. Eight key principles are identified and the issues raised are discussed. Questions for the community to ask the university and vice versa are outlined.

Online publication date: Sat, 08-Dec-2012

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