BOSTON — According to recent studies in neuroscience, the way we learn doesn't always match up with the way we are taught. Therefore, to stay competitive - academically, economically, and technologically - we need to rethink our understanding of intelligence, reevaluate our educational system, and reinvigorate our commitment to learning. In other words, we need "disruptive innovation."
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen first introduced the theory of disruptive innovation in his book The Innovator's Dilemma (1997), followed by The Innovator's Solution (2003), which describes how new technology can transform a company and revolutionize an industry. Now, in his new book, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (McGraw-Hill), Christenson - with coauthors Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson - applies "disruptive innovation" to one of the most important issues of our time: education.
"Our goal in writing this book was to dig beneath the sorts of surface explanations for why schools struggle to improve,"the authors said in a recent HBS Working Knowledge interview, "and the lenses on innovation, which is our field of specialty, proved a great way to help us do just that."
Through a wide range of real-life examples, readers will learn how:
Filled with case studies, scientific findings, and unprecedented insights on how innovation should be managed, Disrupting Class provides a bold new lesson in innovation that will pave the way for change for years to come.
"Clayton Christensen's insights just might shake many of us in education out of our complacency and into a long needed disruptive discourse about really fixing our schools," said Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
About the Authors
Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on management issues related to the development and commercialization of technological and business model innovation. He is the author or co-author of five books.
Michael B. Horn is a cofounder and executive director of the non-profit think tank Innosight Institute. He holds an AB from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Curtis W. Johnson is a writer and consultant who has served as a college president, head of a public policy research organization, and a chief of staff to former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson. Johnson and his colleagues were among the early proponents of what has become the chartered school movement.
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