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The softening bureaucracy: Accommodating new research opportunities in the entrepreneurial university

Författare och institution:
Alexander Styhre (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Lärande och förändring & Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management, Chalmers); Frida Lind (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell marknadsföring, Chalmers)
Publicerad i:
Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26 ( 2 ) s. 107-120
ISSN:
0956-5221
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2010
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In the growing literature on the entrepreneurial university, the divergent attitudes between industry and academy are often put forth as a major obstacle to more fruitful collaborations. This paper presents a study of a major Scandinavian technical university (referred to with the pseudonym UniTech), suggesting that the organization of such collaborations is perhaps a more substantial challenge for the entrepreneurial university. Drawing on a body of literature that addresses bureaucratic and post-bureaucratic organization forms, it is suggested that the entrepreneurial university could emerge as a soft bureaucracy, that is, a hybrid organization form comprising both bureaucratic and post-bureaucratic elements. While the soft bureaucracy organization form offers distinct opportunities, it also demands the sacrificing of some bureaucratic features such as full transparency and the predictability of operations. As a consequence, the entrepreneurial university needs to institute a number of mechanisms and procedures that structure and guide its day-to-day work, and nourish an attitude whereby a certain degree of ambiguity can be tolerated. (C) 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
TEKNIK OCH TEKNOLOGIER ->
Maskinteknik ->
Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi ->
Industriell teknik och ekonomi
Nyckelord:
Entrepreneurial university, Soft bureaucracy, Industry-university, collaborations, bayh-dole act, research centers, knowledge economy, life, organizations, commercialization, biotechnology, collaboration, determinants, performance
Postens nummer:
123575
Posten skapad:
2010-07-01 12:51
Posten ändrad:
2016-07-21 13:23

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