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Realizing capabilities academic creativity and the creative industries

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Higher education institutions (HEIs) worldwide are in an era of change. In England universities have been challenged to realize their potential their potential under guise of the so called Third Mission, which has emphasised the commercialization and technology transfer of academic research. Much of the existing literature is devoted to the scientific dimension of the Third Mission, with little if any recognition as to the non-scientific creative capacity of HEIs. Indeed, the absence of (non-scientific) academic creativity from the Third Mission of HEIs, and by other stakeholders such as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), means HEIs are not realizing their potential. Realizing the creative potential of HEIs is the second wave of the entrepreneurial university, and entails a new research agenda, as institutions seek to protect and commercialize creative intellectual property (IP). This paper focuses on the spaces and resources of cultural quarters (CQs) as an example of a specific domain in and with which HEIs engage to realize the potential of their non-scientific creative knowledge. In short, the paper proposes that the creative capacity of HEIs represents an under-exploited resource of the new or knowledge-based economy, of which HEIs are themselves key organizations.

Keywords: creative industries; creativity; entrepreneurial; third mission; universities

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/cij.1.2.137_1

Affiliations: 1: Creative Industries Observatory, University of the Arts, London. 2: University of Cambridge. 3: School of Creative Enterprise, University of the Arts, London.

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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  • The scope of the Creative Industries Journal is global, primarily aimed at those studying and practicing activities which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent, and which have a potential for wealth creation. These activities primarily take place in advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, the performing arts, publishing, television and radio.We are pleased to announce that the Creative Industries Journal has been included in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) list 2010.
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