Edition 122 - June 2011

The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out

Christensen, C. M. & Eyring, H. J. The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out. Wiley, New York, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-1180-6348-4. Pages: 512.

To many, higher education institutions are at a crossroads regarding their role in the current knowledge economy – whether they are to advocate for or oppose new, innovative methods of institutional governance and management. In this new book, authors Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring rely heavily on their previous works and theories on business enterprise and educational management to assert that universities have the ability to integrate novel practices while maintaining their successful traditions.  

Using two American case studies – Harvard University and Brigham Young University-Idaho – the authors describe strategies and mechanisms to push higher education institutions to innovate themselves in a cost-friendly manner. In particular, it offers methods for institutions to meet the challenges of improving

  • curricula,
  • enrolment,
  • issues with faculty,
  • graduation rates and
  • financial autonomy.

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