19-20, September, 2018

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Higher Education

The workshop takes place at the Amsterdam Science Park from Wednesday 19th to Thursday 20th September 2018. The city of Amsterdam has excellent transport links and is recognised around the world as a centre of excellence for innovation.


This workshop explores the challenges of leading in Higher Education. With an ever-greater shift towards educating more entrepreneurial and innovative students and practicing academic entrepreneurship, universities need more entrepreneurial leaders.

At this workshop, you will understand what is particular about modern leadership in higher education, not just the general characteristics of good leadership. We will examine the effect of leadership on core activities such as teaching, research and administration. We will investigate how to lead an entrepreneurial organisation and how to develop entrepreneurial cultures. Overall, the emphasis will be on finding practical applications that can help you make a difference in your own organisation.

The workshop has been devised to support academics, researchers, administrators, university-business collaboration staff, and managers and leaders at all levels. It is likely that you already committed to developing your leadership abilities. The workshop will help you to realise your ambitions and increase your ability to be successful.

As a workshop participant, you will receive a workshop certificate, issued by the University Industry Innovation Network and signed by the workshop facilitators.


Jochen Barth
Dr. Jochen Barth is Director for Employability at UIIN, Managing Partner at CER10DIPITY, and Associate Partner at the Service Science Factory at Maastricht University. As managing director of the Service Science Factory, which established itself as a best practice for entrepreneurial universities, he gained extensive experience in triple-helix led knowledge transfer initiatives. Jochen is also an experienced management consultant and has advised over 100 organizations, SME’s as well as multinationals, spanning all sectors, in a variety of topics including business model innovation, talent development, and change management.



The workshop will offer the opportunity for participants to share good practice case studies from their own universities. Additional case studies will be presented by the facilitators drawing on their experiences from around the world.

Example timetable

Wednesday, 19th September

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch/Registration

13.00 - 13.30: Welcome and Introductions

13.30 - 14.30: The characteristics of good leadership; why would people want to follow you?

14.30 - 15.30: The challenges of leadership within the context and culture of Higher Education

15.30 - 16.00: Coffee

16.00 - 17.00: Leading, thinking and acting like an entrepreneur

19.30: Discussions over dinner in Amsterdam

Thursday, 20th September

09.00 - 09.30: Arrival/coffee - Reflections on Day One

09.30 - 10.30: Good practice in leading teaching, research and administration

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee

11.00 - 12.00: Leading for innovation

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 14.30: Personal Vision and Action Plans

14.30 - 15.00: Final wrap-up and conclusions

Transport will be provided to take participants to Schiphol airport.


Interested in joining the workshop and an international network of professionals passionate of driving entrepreneurship in higher education?

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From the workshop moderators

"Universities are organisational structures that inherently work against entrepreneurship. However, entrepreneurship just needs a certain degree of freedom and independence to flourish."
Jochen Barth