Disruptive innovation and the higher education ecosystem post-2012; four types of universities; Ivy Leaugue independents, lucky few, vertically integrated or networked for profit

See on Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university


Disruptive innovations in business sectors are arguably triggered by the arrival of new competitors who disturb, or punctuate, an existing equilibrium. They can be aided by changes to a wider context. The ecosystem of professional services has seen major disruptions over the last 10 or 15 years. This paper presents speculative scenarios of pending disruptions in higher education, taking into account the
changes which have taken place in professional services. We present a strategic map of the higher education sector which hints at disruption and differentiation as an ongoing process, albeit one which does not affect all institutions equally. The challenges posed by the potential disruptors will, we argue, require many institutions to respond in new and innovative ways. Innovation in higher education
in areas well beyond traditional research, knowledge transfer and the curriculum will be required to a much greater extent than in the past. We write not to predict but to, hopefully, provoke thought and a greater consideration of potential disruptions in higher education – and how institutions might best respond to these. This paper follows on from our review of ’Leadership and Innovation Lessons from Professional Services Firms’ also published by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

A potential new higher education ecosystem


Q1 The ‘Ivy League’ independents: highly selective,
research intensive, private funding, not for profit


Q2 The very lucky few: highly selective, research intensive,
private and public funding


Q3 The vertically integrated: open access and/or content,
learning focused, public and private funding


Q4 The networked for profits: open access and/or content,
learning focussed, private funding, for profit




Stimulus paper
Dr Tom Kennie, Ranmore Consulting
Professor Ilfryn Price, Sheffield Business School

First Published in February 2012
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education




See on www.ranmore.co.uk


About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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