Vol. 20 No. 2 (2017): Anno XX, 2-2017

Entrepreneurial university as innovation driver: the Salamanca Summer School case

Valeria Caggiano
Ricercatrice di Psicologia del lavoro e delle organizzazioni - Università di Roma Tre
Andrea Bellezza
Università di Roma 3
Vincenzo A. Piccione
Università di Roma 3
Published December 31, 2017
How to Cite
Caggiano, V., Bellezza, A., & Piccione, V. A. (2017). Entrepreneurial university as innovation driver: the Salamanca Summer School case. Studi Sulla Formazione/Open Journal of Education, 20(2), 179-188. https://doi.org/10.13128/Studi_Formaz-22179


The aim of this work is to analyse, by a mixed research method, the positive impact of innovative education actions, with a specific focus on the Salamanca Summer School case study. In additions to that, this contribution will further strengthen the literature which confirms the educational and professional impact of innovation-oriented practices, if placed at the core of research and didactics. We will show through different focus groups and questionnaires to a sample of students, teachers and entrepreneurs, how the Universities “third mission” entrepreneurial vocation and its relationship with didactics are well conveyed in the innovative educational experience held at University of Sala-manca. A deeper insight is achieved both by using the above said instruments - before and after the experience - and by commenting the action impact. The answers provided are discussed in light of the need for an entrepreneurial par-adigm implementation at the university level, as recommended by the “third mission”.


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