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Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – October 12, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


Thorp and Goldstein make a strong case for their vision.--Raleigh News & Observer

Cover[s] the importance of enterprise, leadership, changing culture, responsibility, and much more. . . . A vital entry into any community or college library collection that features insights into the future of education and societal change.--Midwest Book Review

A growing chorus of voices is insisting that the world's great problems will be solved only through innovative thinking and that such thinking can best be found at the research university. Right at the forefront of this group are Holden Thorp . . . and Buck Goldstein . . . and they lay out a persuasive case in Engines of Innovation.--BizEd


Engines of Innovation inspires, guides, and informs universities on collaboration, structure, sustainability, cost, and practical details of designing and achieving maximum potential for entrepreneurship programs. This fascinating read is an excellent resource for helping universities connect with the world beyond their campuses.--Deborah D. Hoover, president and CEO of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation

The role of universities as sources for entrepreneurial endeavors in information technology and biotechnology has long been appreciated. In this exciting book, Thorp and Goldstein propose an interesting thesis: the entrepreneurial characteristics of the top research universities will be critical to the efforts of these universities to play a major role in seeking solutions to the world's biggest problems. This is a fascinating thesis and one that, after reading this book, I came to believe.--John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University

Packed with ideas about how to transform universities into wellsprings of solutions to global problems.--David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

It is widely recognized that innovative entrepreneurs play a critical role in the technical progress and economic growth of our society. With the help of this excellent book, colleges and universities can begin to design and more effectively to establish programs in entrepreneurship.--William J. Baumol, academic director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, New York University

Thorp and Goldstein have hit the mark. Promoting innovation in higher education is one of the best things we can do for our country's global competitiveness and economic future, and this book points the way forward.--Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City

Thorp and Goldstein bring an urgent and timely message: American universities must fundamentally transform in order to assure America's global competitive leadership in the 21st century. Simply put, if colleges foster an entrepreneurial culture, innovation will flourish, both within our academic institutions, and more broadly throughout the economy. This outstanding book paves the way forward.--John Denniston, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Universities have enabled the American dream and are among our nation's greatest competitive strengths. However, the costs of a university education are unsustainably high, and there is pressure on virtually every traditional source of revenue. Universities must transform themselves, yet they face numerous barriers to change--starting with the tenure system. This book, by one of the new generation of innovative university presidents together with a leading venture capitalist, describes how universities can embark on a whole new path. The book is full of ideas for university leaders, trustees, alumni, philanthropists, and the business community.--Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1St Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807834386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807834381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
the book is a complete waste of time. The authors have a wonderful ability to use lots of words to say someting that is painfuly obvious, or to say absolutely nothing. I have expected that author will describe some real life of the examples of entrepreneurship in university setting, with the corresponding evaluation (see following link for examples: [...]
In summary, if you want to learn something about entrepreneurship in university setting this book is waste of time. i\If you want to learn how to write a whole book and say nothing this is an excellent opportunity. Good luck in your work, Cheers,
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This book is reads very well and contains a lot of interesting stories. Unfortunately, it doesn't do justice to the subtitle: The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st century. The term entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial is used in at least 40 different ways. It definitively means something positive, hell yes. For the author(s), the term is their magic wand and by waving it, wonderful things will start to emerge. For me, as a reader, it lacks precision.
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What an eye opening book! We are reading this as apart of an "entrepreneurial university" class and it has really help me understand the potential diminished value of college degrees. I'm apart of a graduate program that values innovation over a research university. In fact, the program was designed from CEO saying that they enjoyed "researched based" students but those same students didn't possess much innovation, or work ethic so the program was created out of a list of bullet points from CEO and has been successful program to date. (This program would be an excellent examples of Engines of Innovation, should you make any revision and/or additions to this book)

I absolutely enjoyed this information from Bill Gates who stated that his foundation's new approach: "We have to find a way to make aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well".

A refreshing book to read. The way our economy operates we need, must have, Engines of Innovation (universities) to solve the world problems. I've suggested this book to many college administrators as they began to make plans and improvements for their departments next year. A must read for college professors and administrators that want to take it to the next level.
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The good: challenges us to look at how universities can be leveraged to solve our economic and technology challenges.
The great: a very optimistic portrayal of what is possible when universities are in synch with the times. (e.g. MIT in WWII)
The bad: It's never this simple and the world is becoming much more complex in the context of the definition of universities, the tension between education and research, and the role of government and industry in all of this.
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