The Innovative University

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB2.01, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus



This session will take a critical view of the idea of disruptive innovation as being a new and dangerous thing to higher education.

There is a strand to public policy debated based around the notion of 'disruptive innovation' – a theory of Clayton Christensen, and as applied to universities by himself and Henry Eyring in The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out . New approaches are supposed to displace existing institutions. The development of new technologies, and the increase in new providers, has been cited as a possible cause of future changes for English higher education. Christensen & Eyring argue that universities must be true to their missions in order to thrive, as universities have become less distinctive, this opens them to threats.

This session will include a discussion of the disruptive innovation theory and an attempt to evaluate some of the claims of disruption and its possible impacts on higher education.