These are the slides I used to contribute a session on disruption as part of a recent senior management conference with Vice Chancellor Barney Glover and members of the senior management conference at Western Sydney University.
The backdrop took four big themes as the frame – the age of distrust, the end of power, the transition from scaleable efficiency to scaleable learning in the face of the “big shift”, and the inescapable conclusion that, in a world grown too big to know, “the smartest person in the room is the room.”
The slides will give you a sense of the other places I went to prompt a discussion about what, in the face of these trends and forces for change, universities should be doing and what they should become.
Some of the references in the slides:
HireUp – reinventing disability support services; where eHarmony meet PayPal
The Ledger – a thought experiment from the Institute for the Future about what might happen when education meets blockchain
Theory of the Business – Peter Drucker’s 1994 HBR article which is still one of the best expositions I’ve read about the fundamental task of any organisation or institution – to match its capabilities to its mission to its environment.
Attachments: WSU senior management conference July 2016 (002)