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

by ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-07-26
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $32.95 Save up to $17.39
  • Rent Book $21.42
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Used, Rental and eBook copies of this book are not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring, building on what Christensen has done for business, healthcare, and K-12 education, apply Christensen's model of disruptive innovation to higher education. Unlike the many doom and gloom books that have come out recently, they offer a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change and find new models for the future. Through an intriguing examination of the histories and current transformations of the authors' two very different university homes--Harvard and BYU-Idaho--and through other stories of innovation in higher education, Eyring and Christensen decipher how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions and save themselves from decline. They explain the strategic choices for traditional universities to consider and alternative ways in which they might be made. As higher education communities face vast operating problems like fluctuations in enrollment, overexpansion of campus capacity and non-academic activities, and battles between local boosters and governing boards, this book offers novel insights into the kind of change that is necessary to ensure the economic vitality of the traditional university. It uncovers how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building on what it's done best.

Author Biography

Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the founder of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank. He is the author of many books, including The Innovator's Dilemma, and has applied his theory to K–12 education in Disrupting Class and to medicine in The Innovator's Prescription.

Henry J. Eyring serves as an administrator at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is a former strategy consultant at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Monitor Company.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Ripe for Disruption-and Innovationp. xix
Reframing the Higher Education Crisis
The Educational Innovator's Dilemma: Threat of Danger, Reasons for Hopep. 3
The Great American University
Puritan Collegep. 33
Charles Eliot, Father of American Higher Educationp. 46
Pioneer Academyp. 72
Revitalizing Harvard Collegep. 80
Struggling Collegep. 98
The Drive for Excellencep. 110
Four-Year Aspirations in Rexburgp. 139
Harvard's Growing Power and Profilep. 148
Staying Rootedp. 157
Ripe for Disruption
The Weight of the DNAp. 171
Even at Harvardp. 185
Vulnerable Institutionsp. 192
Disruptive Competitionp. 206
A New Kind of University
A Unique University Designp. 223
Getting Startedp. 238
Raising Qualityp. 249
Lowering Costp. 276
Serving More Studentsp. 301
Genetic Reengineering
New Modelsp. 325
Students and Subjectsp. 347
Scholarshipp. 358
New DNAp. 379
Change and the Indispensable Universityp. 396
Notesp. 403
The Authorsp. 445
Innosight Institutep. 447
Indexp. 449
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review