@cnewf aka Christopher Newfield (of Remaking the University) adds socio-cultural on how different higher ed players see “disruption” and “innovation”
The following piece by Christopher Newfield, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, first appeared on the blog, “Remaking the University,” which he runs with UCLA Professor Michael Meranze. It is reposted by permission.
Must innovation disrupt everything so that society might have new and better things? Widespread fatigue with this idea inspired a number of headlines last week. “The Emperor of “Disruption Theory” is Wearing No Clothes,” exclaimed one response. Paul Krugman described a “careful takedown,” suggesting that the whole era of innovation might collapse from its own overhype (“Creative Destruction Yada Yada.”) Jonathan Rees referenced an “absolutely devastating takedown.” All three were talking about Jill Lepore’s much-discussed New Yorker critique of prominent business consultant Clayton Christensen’s theory of “disruptive innovation.” Prof. Rees concluded, “Like MacArthur at Inchon, [Prof. Lepore] has landed behind enemy lines and will hopefully force…
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