The role of entrepreneurship centres

Gideon Maas, Paul Jones

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    The extant literature has focused on what entrepreneurship centres are doing or have done with minimal attention to considering their future role, especially within the context of transformational entrepreneurship. If it is accepted that entrepreneurship centres will continue to play an important role in the immediate future, then the question is whether the existing roles of entrepreneurship centres are in linewith future expectations. There is a growing perspective that although a plethora of entrepreneurial support activities exist, they struggle to create the future desired state of socio-economic growth. Various questions are raised in this debate, such as the following: Are entrepreneurial centres part of the enterprising agenda or are they only used as a marketing or income-generating tool? If there is a definite role to play for entrepreneurship centres within a higher education institution's entrepreneurship agenda, what should their role be and what type of support should be provided to these entrepreneurship centres? These questions are addressed in this chapter.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship Centres
    Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on their Contributions to Higher Education Institutions
    EditorsGideon Maas, Paul Jones
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319478920
    ISBN (Print)9783319478913
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2017


    • Entrepreneurship centres
    • Policy formation
    • Resourcing
    • Strategic role
    • Structuring
    • Transformational entrepreneurship

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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