Entrepreneurial Innovation Introductory Guide

This Urban Extension Entrepreneurial Guide provides easy access to resources to ______________ Innovation logo

Innovation in Extension addresses the rapidly changing landscape in urban areas throughout the country. Innovation is essential for cities and for universities. In Extension, innovation is reflected in our:

  • programs, projects, products, and services;
  • processes and communications with internal and external audiences;
  • research and digital scholarship; and
  • our rich historical approach of participatory innovation as we engage in co-discovery in our cities.

There have always been elements of innovation and entrepreneurship in public sector organizations (Jordan, 1990; Moore, 1983). Creating value for customers, putting resources together in unique ways, and being opportunity-driven are not inherently in conflict with the purpose of public organizations (Morris & Kuratko, 2002).

Participants learn to improve:

  • Awareness of entrepreneurial innovation context.
  • Knowledge of the innovation process.
  • Ability to manage a customer-focused experience and product portfolio.


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Multimedia Resources

Entrepreneurial Innovation

Entrepreneurial Innovation: The Importance of Context (full article available through your university library)

Contextualizing Entrepreneurial Innovation: A Narrative Perspective (full article available through your university library)

Corporate Entrepreneurship, An Empirical Look at the Innovativeness Dimension and Its Antecedents

Extension Innovation

Extension Innovation Report, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (2016)

Journal of Extension (existing articles and a planned 2018 themed issue on Innovation in Extension)

Horizon Report, Technology Outlook, Cooperative Extension 2016-2021

eXtension Innovation and eXtension Maker Network

Integrating Innovation into Extension's 2nd 100 Years

Extension Through a New Lens: Creativity and Innovation Now and for the Future, (2012) Journal of Extension

Innovation in Extension, (1964) Journal of Extension

Cooperative Extension: A Century of Innovation (2014) Journal of Extension

Innovation in Urban Extension, A Study of Selected Extension Programs, 1988

city innovation

Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute

City Innovate Foundation

Innovation Cities Program (162 indicators)

Urban Innovation Network

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Supports Local Governments Using Innovation  to Solve Urban Problems

Global City Innovators

City Hall Innovation Team Playbook and Transform Your City Through Innovation

Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Boston College Center for Social Innovation

Innovation in American Regions, Data and analysis tools to support regional competitiveness in a knowledge-based economy. An EDA project.

Articles, Journals & More

Getting Innovation Right: Special Report, MIT Sloan

Innovation Navigation, live, unscripted thought leaders, broadcasting weekly from The Wharton School

The Clayton Christensen Institute, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation

Journal of Product Innovation and Management International

Journal of Innovation Management

Innovation in conservative and entrepreneurial firms: Two models of strategic momentum (full article available through your university library)


Innovative Higher Education

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Harvard Business Review, 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders

The Innovator’s DNA, Harvard Business Review

United Nations Core Competency Framework - includes Innovation

Manage Customer-Centric Innovation Systematically

Generative Leadership: Nurturing Innovation in Complex Systems

8 Simple Strategies to Improve Your Innovation, Psychology Today


Adobe Kickbox

Board of Innovation

Program, Curriculum & Product Development

Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, Special Issue: The Cooperative Extension Program Development Model

National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP)

ASCDCurriculum Development (dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged)

Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), Connecting Innovators Worldwide

Management, Impacts & Evaluation

Project Management Institute

National Impacts Database Team Report - www.landgrantimpacts.org

An online training on Impacts available through eXtension

National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Focus Areas

Collective Impact - The Collective Impact approach is premised on the belief that no single policy, government department, organization or program can tackle or solve the increasingly complex social problems we face as a society. The approach calls for multiple organizations from different sectors to address a common agenda, shared measurement, and alignment of effort. Unlike collaboration or partnership, Collective Impact initiatives have centralized infrastructure – known as a backbone organization – with dedicated staff whose role is to help participating organizations shift from acting alone to acting in collectively.
     - Collective Impact Forum
     - Stanford Resources on Collective Impact
     - Stanford Article on Second Generation Collective Impact
     - Stanford Philanthropy as the Backbone of Collective Impact

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This guide is frequently updated based on the perspective of people committed to engagement in urban communities. If you have a suggestion, please share it with Michelle Gaston.