The Innovative University by Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring (Author Interview Series)

A balanced article with logical emphasis on moving more aggressively toward change in higher education.

Higher Ed Management

Clayton Christensen introduced the concept of “disruptive innovation” in the late 1990s. Since then, it has been used in multiple sectors to explain the impact of new technologies, the rise and fall of organizations, and the best ways to increase innovation within established organizations. With co-author Henry Eyring, Christensen has applied the theory to higher education in The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out. Below, Mr Eyring discusses some of the books more pertinent elements for the readers of Higher Education Management.

KCH: Let’s start with the basics: what’s the book’s core message?The Innovative University - Book cover

HE: The book’s core message is that fundamental change is coming to higher education.  We’re seeing the confluence of unsustainable cost increases in the traditional model and a disruptive technology, online learning, that makes it possible to serve many more students at high quality and affordable cost.  The…

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About Gary Stocker
Since 2004, I have developed more than a dozen academic partnership programs with 7 different universities. I have developed the web site: to share the tips, systems, and processes that were used. Theses partnerships include certificate, degree-building, degree programs for a major midwestern health care system. Examples of the academic partnerships include, MBA, MHA, RN to BSN, MSN, Allied Health, and Nurse Case Manager.

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