The potential of design to foster academic entrepreneurship : an ethnographic study of metaLAB at Harvard

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title The potential of design to foster academic entrepreneurship : an ethnographic study of metaLAB at Harvard
Author(s) Simeone, Luca
Date 2014
English abstract
Purpose- This paper builds upon the notion of academic entrepreneurship as a way to engage with external communities to create value (Kingma 2011) and more specifically analyses how design is used to foster this idea of entrepreneurship in a lab at Harvard in Cambridge, MA. Approach- The study is the result of an ethnographic investigation I conducted across 2013 and 2014. Findings- In the lab analysed, design plays an important role to connect academia with external stakeholders and to sustain interactions through processes of translations, iterative prototyping, co-design. These activities contribute to develop some components of academic entrepreneurship, but also open up questions on how to evaluate this entrepreneurial dimension. Value- The study contributes to the ongoing discussions on how academia can adopt entrepreneurial approaches and reflects upon open issues potentially related to some of these approaches.
Pages 1-10
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) academic entrepreneurship
translation
co-design
design management
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Note NordDesign 2014 Creating together, Espoo (Finland) / Melbourne (Australia), 27–29 August 2014
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17754 (link to this page)
Link http://www.norddesign2014.fi/ (external link to related web page)

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