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Universities as change agents in resource-poor local settings: an empirically grounded typology of engagement models

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-05T08:15:17Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-05T08:15:17Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03-05 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15848
dc.description.abstract University-community engagement is emerging as an important channel for social innovation, requiring universities to act as change agents in their local settings. The role of change agent presents new challenges for universities as it requires going beyond institutional borders to collaborate with non-traditional partners such as informal enterprises, and to stimulate and support innovation that may be seen as relevant to a given local setting only. Universities are thus grappling with finding suitable mechanisms and models for engaging in institutional contexts that are vastly different from traditional formal university- and firm-based settings. Based on empirically rich case study research in a South African township, the paper presents new conceptual insights on how universities can catalyse social change in resource-poor local settings through strategically selecting mechanisms and models of engagement that align with locally-embedded institutions, practices and needs. Four types of engagement models are identified, each relate to different models of entrepreneurship and innovation and thus different modes of learning. The typology distinguishes between dominant, traditional knowledge transfer models, and emergent, socially responsive models that show greater promise for promoting collective agency and effecting systemic social change. The typology can be used to assess current practice and inform future strategies. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject UNIVERSITIES en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICA en
dc.subject INNOVATION en
dc.subject UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY COLLABORATION en
dc.title Universities as change agents in resource-poor local settings: an empirically grounded typology of engagement models en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber NA en
dc.Volume 167 en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators en
dc.SourceTitle Technological Forecasting & Social Change en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11794 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=23681 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10939 en
dc.bibliographictitle Petersen, I. & Kruss, G. (2021) Universities as change agents in resource-poor local settings: an empirically grounded typology of engagement models. <i>Technological Forecasting & Social Change</i>. 167:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Petersen, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 Kruss, G. en


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