The challenge of enterprise / innovation: a case study of a modern university

Jones, G., Fleming, S. and Laugharne, J. (2018) The challenge of enterprise / innovation: a case study of a modern university. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X

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In the prevailing economic and political climate for Higher Education in the UK and internationally, a greater emphasis has been placed on diversifying the funding base. The present study was undertaken between 2012 and 2014 and, through the vehicle of a case study, addressed the implementation of an approach to the transformation of one academic school in a medium-sized modern (post-1992 sector 1) university in Wales to a more engaged enterprise culture. Universities are reaching out increasingly to communities outside academia through physical and virtual means, to help the universities contribute financially, as well as by adding value culturally and socially to their local and regional economies. A multi-method investigation included a bi-lingual (English and Welsh) online survey of academic staff and yielded a 71% response rate (n=45). The findings informed a series of in-depth interviews (n=24) with a representative sample of those involved in enterprise work (support staff, managers, senior managers), as well as those who were not. The results were clustered around four themes and provided the platform for the ‘S4E model’ for effective engagement with enterprise: (i) Strategic significance for Enterprise, (ii) Support for Enterprise, (iii) Synergy for Enterprise, and (iv) Success for Enterprise. The outcomes of the research and the recommendations from it have potential to inform practice in other academic schools within the university and, in a wider context, within other Schools of Education regionally, nationally and internationally. Its original empirical exploration of enterprise within education studies is a significant contribution to that body of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis. This is an author-produced version of a paper published in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Enterprise, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Management
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Scott Fleming
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 08:01
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2020 06:30

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