Educational entrepreneurism in higher education: a comparative case study of two academic centers within one land-grant university
Wilcox, Lori Lund, 1971-
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This research explored the relationship of educational entrepreneurism and organizational culture in the creation and evolution of academic centers within one Midwestern land-grant university facing resource constraints. Particular attention was given to: (a) synthesizing current entrepreneurial and organizational culture and evolution theory as it relates to postsecondary education; (b) ascertaining the implications of a qualitative, comparative, case study approach to analyzing entrepreneurism and organizational culture and evolution within a university setting and (c) presenting the application of and reflection on a qualitative, comparative, case study approach to researching educational entrepreneurism and organizational culture and evolution as they relate to the creation of two, not-for-profit centers. The findings of this study indicate that these centers have utilized entrepreneurial processes within an academic and non-academic setting to serve a public interest. Primary factors supporting entrepreneurial processes in these academic centers include: (a) mission focus; (b) remaining objective to serve multiple constituents; (c) cultivating resources, both people and funding; (d) building leaders from within; (e) commitment and (f) champions. The relationship of organizational culture with these factors was found to be the key for continuous innovation.
Educational leadership and policy analysis
2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)