Article | Strategy & Innovation | September 2008

Let Disruption Fix Education

by Henry Eyring and Renee Hopkins Callahan

Abstract

Eyring and Hopkins Callahan apply Clayton Christensen's theory of Disruptive Innovation to Higher Education. The Spellings' Commission's 2006 report cited rising costs, lack of access, and a rift between output and the average stakeholder's needs in U.S. Higher Education. The authors recognize those as characteristics of industries ripe for disruptive innovation. Institutions of Higher Education can be disruptive by addressing the "jobs-to-be-done" of Higher Education stakeholders in a low-cost manner with the aid of new learning technology. The authors offer examples of innovative institutions of Higher Education, and explain how policy makers could act to give such institutions a better chance to lower cost and increase productivity in Higher Education.

Keywords: disruptive innovation; higher education; education; Education Industry;

Citation:

Eyring, Henry, and Renee Hopkins Callahan. "Let Disruption Fix Education." Art. 1. Strategy & Innovation 6, no. 6 (September 2008): 1–6. (Feature Article.)