Libraries surviving as entrepreneurial organizations: a creative destruction perspective

  • Karen I. MacDonald, Wyoma vanDuinkerken
  • New Library World, July 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/nlw-01-2015-0005

Libraries surviving as entrepreneurial organizations: a creative destruction perspective

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to highlight some traditional functions found in academic libraries and apply various business models as an aid to developing an entrepreneurial culture. Due to a combination of environmental pressures, universities are refining their strategic mission to identify “what they do well” or “where they want to be”. Programs that align with the strategic mission of the university get funded, while other less productive, lower impact programs and services are neglected or eliminated. This is essentially a process based on business or financial decisions.

Why is it important?

This perspective piece will highlight some traditional functions found in academic libraries and apply various business models, including the Schumpeterian model of creative destruction, as an aid to developing the entrepreneurial culture that will be necessary if the academic library is to stay viable and relevant in the twenty-first century.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/nlw-01-2015-0005

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