Martin Lackéus is a researcher in entrepreneurial education at the division of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He is also a teacher at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. Martin also works part-time as an entrepreneur with two IT companies he co-founded – Vehco and Me Analytics. Me Analytics develops the research tool LoopMe.
The deliberate ‘high tension approach’ to designing an entrepreneurial university
Universities aspiring to become more entrepreneurial are required to engage in a constant struggle, as they endeavour to connect and unite all parts of what are often very large organisations, with an end goal which may be unfamiliar to many on the journey. If we therefore accept the term “entrepreneurial university” as something which entails many conflicting priorities, it may go some way to explaining why truly entrepreneurial universities are relatively few in number.
One potential approach to tackling this problem, is to take a deliberately high tension approach, where conflict is seen as a key source of entrepreneurial energy. By merging a university’s educational structures with its commercialisation structures, we get a university version of a Lava Lamp; constantly mixing wax and water through heat from below. This combination of elements that tends to sit uncomfortably together requires constant stirring, preferably guided by an underpinning logic. A candidate logic that could stabilise an entrepreneurial university is the “tandem learning and value creation” logic.
Dr Lackéus will give an overview of the research behind this logic. Practical examples will be given together with hands-on recommendations for how to use the logic to design entrepreneurial universities.