Exploring the dynamic interplay between entrepreneurial universities and their ecosystems: a hybrid simulation framework

Bernd Wurth, Susan Howick, Niall MacKenzie

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Abstract

Universities play an important role in the knowledge economy and entrepreneurship. In addition, an innovation ecosystem highly benefits from knowledge exchange activities by universities. However, the dynamics of such activities are yet to be investigated. The impact of such activities on both the university and the ecosystem has previously been investigated separately. System dynamics (SD) and agent-based modelling (ABM) are introduced as potential modelling approaches to address this issue. Our analysis shows that neither SD nor ABM can properly fill the gap based on insights from the existing body of literature. We propose a hybrid simulation that uses an integrated SD/ABM approach in which universities are represented as SD modules that shape the environment for the innovation ecosystem, represented as a set of agents. The SD feedback structure acknowledges and reflects the consequences of entrepreneurial activities for and the influence of the ecosystem on the university. As a result, this framework allows for the examination of interplays between the two. Extensions to this framework are highlighted to illustrate its usefulness to other problems that go beyond the field of academic entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015
Event27th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXVII) - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Jul 201515 Jul 2015

Conference

Conference27th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXVII)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period12/07/1515/07/15

Keywords

  • knowledge economy
  • entrepreneurship
  • knowledge exchange
  • system dynamics
  • agent-based modelling
  • hybrid simulation

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    Wurth, B., Howick, S., & MacKenzie, N. (2015). Exploring the dynamic interplay between entrepreneurial universities and their ecosystems: a hybrid simulation framework. Abstract from 27th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXVII), Glasgow, United Kingdom.