Engines of Innovation

The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century

Second Edition

By Holden Thorp, Buck Goldstein

With a new preface and chapter by the authors

200 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0984-3
    Published: August 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1184-6
    Published: August 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4691-4
    Published: August 2013

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In Engines of Innovation, Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein make the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. They argue that universities must use their vast intellectual and financial resources to confront global challenges such as climate change, extreme poverty, childhood diseases, and an impending worldwide shortage of clean water. They provide not only an urgent call to action but also a practical guide for our nation's leading institutions to make the most of the opportunities available to be major players in solving the world's biggest problems.

A preface and a new chapter by the authors address recent developments, including innovative licensing strategies, developments in online education, and the value of arts and sciences in an entrepreneurial society.

About the Authors

Holden Thorp is editor-in-chief for the Science family of journals.
For more information about Holden Thorp, visit the Author Page.

Buck Goldstein is Professor of the Practice and University Entrepreneur in Residence (Emeritus) in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill.
For more information about Buck Goldstein, visit the Author Page.


"A growing chorus of voices is insisting that the world's great problems will be solved only through innovative thinking and that such thinking can best be found at the research university. Right at the forefront of this group are Holden Thorp . . . and Buck Goldstein . . . and they lay out a persuasive case in Engines of Innovation."--BizEd

"Thorp and Goldstein make a strong case for their vision."--Raleigh News & Observer

"Cover[s] the importance of enterprise, leadership, changing culture, responsibility, and much more. . . . A vital entry into any community or college library collection that features insights into the future of education and societal change."--Midwest Book Review

"An intriguing book."--Metro

"Thorp and Goldstein have hit the mark. Promoting innovation in higher education is one of the best things we can do for our country's global competitiveness and economic future, and this book points the way forward."--Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City

"Universities have enabled the American dream and are among our nation's greatest competitive strengths. However, the costs of a university education are unsustainably high, and there is pressure on virtually every traditional source of revenue. Universities must transform themselves, yet they face numerous barriers to change--starting with the tenure system. This book, by one of the new generation of innovative university presidents together with a leading venture capitalist, describes how universities can embark on a whole new path. The book is full of ideas for university leaders, trustees, alumni, philanthropists, and the business community."--Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

Multimedia & Links

Read: Goldstein's blog posts at Huffington Post.