1 Education or exploitation?

Reflecting on the entrepreneurial university and the role of the entrepreneurship educator

Richard Tunstall

Act 1, Scene 1: The university disrupted

It is a bright summer morning on campus. Semester has ended and conference season has begun. This conference is no different to any other. There is a registration list, name badges are handed out, old relationships rekindled over questionable coffee and delegate lists scanned for new people to meet.

We sit comfortably, dressed in suits in an air-conditioned lecture theatre within a glinting new glass and steel campus building, dedicated to a historical local luminary who inspired a national social movement. The topic today is entrepreneurship and innovation, and I attend ...

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