The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education


“For most of their histories, traditional colleges and universities have had no serious competition except from institutions with similar operating models. For the first time, though, disruptive technologies are at work in higher education as competitors are offering online courses and degrees. Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Henry J. Eyring, vice president for advancement at Brigham Young University—Idaho, describe the evolution of the widely influential Harvard model, and note the disruptive potential of online degree providers as evidenced by their divergence from that model. They encourage institutions to commit to real innovation by changing their DNA from the inside out, and discourage them from trying to excel at too much as they attempt to climb ahead of their competitors. Instead, they recommend that traditional universities adopt a pattern of continuous innovation focused on their unique mission—without undue concern for either tradition or what other institutions are doing.1”