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Liudvika Leišytė and Lisa Sigl

In this article, we aim to explore the agency of scientific entrepreneurs and research managers in shaping their Triple Helix contexts. Drawing on institutional documents and in-depth interviews with research managers and scientists in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the study shows that trust in scientific entrepreneurs from research managers, their scientific standing and leadership, and type of academic entrepreneurship are central in shaping the Triple Helix relationships. Research managers frame themselves as passive service-providers for scientists’ commercialization activities while scientists see them as facilitating creative employment arrangements. Research managers perceive scientists as self-motivated highly creative risk-takers. The studied scientific entrepreneurs negotiate their institutional arrangements and find flexible solutions for the structural barriers within their research organisations. At the same time, they tend to avoid taking personal risks when it comes to contractual arrangements and their careers.

The study identifies two types of agency exerted to shape the Triple Helix context—bricolage and institutional entrepreneurship. Bricolage activities and the trust of research managers in the leadership and autonomy of scientific entrepreneurs prepare the basis for institutional change. This can be the ground for institutional entrepreneurship to take place and reshape the Triple Helix relationships in the particular context.

Liudvika Leisyte and Don F. Westerheijden

Higher Education Reforms in Lithuania

Two Decades after Bologna

Liudvika Leišytė, Anna-Lena Rose and Rimantas Želvys

Higher Education Reform

A Systematic Comparison of Ten Countries from a New Public Management Perspective

Bruno Broucker, Kurt De Wit and Liudvika Leisyte

Jef C. Verhoeven, Liudvika Leišytė, Kurt De Wit and Bruno Broucker

Understanding Higher Education System Reform

Practices, Patterns and Pathways

Bruno Broucker, Liudvika Leišytė, Kurt De Wit and Jef C. Verhoeven