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

Alexander Styhre (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Lärande och förändring ; Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management) ; Frida Lind (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell marknadsföring)
Scandinavian Journal of Management (0956-5221). Vol. 26 (2010), 2, p. 107-120.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

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.

Nyckelord: Entrepreneurial university, Soft bureaucracy, Industry-university, collaborations, bayh-dole act, research centers, knowledge economy, life, organizations, commercialization, biotechnology, collaboration, determinants, performance

Denna post skapades 2010-07-01. Senast ändrad 2016-07-21.
CPL Pubid: 123575


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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Lärande och förändring (2001-2010)
Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management (2006-2016)
Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell marknadsföring (2005-2016)


Industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur