ERIC Number: ED358809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Instituting Enduring Innovations. Achieving Continuity of Change in Higher Education. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 7, 1992.
Curry, Barbara K.
Introducing enduring innovations into a higher education organization requires commitment and support from colleagues. Organizational change involves three steps: (1) mobilization; (2) implementation; and (3) institutionalization. Without institutionalization, the innovation is likely to be terminated despite how well it may be communicated and implemented. The level of influence within the organization directly attributable to the innovation can be construed as being the extent of its institutionalization. Factors influencing longevity of innovations include the intensity of direction and support from organizational leaders, decision making and communication concerning the innovation's essential features, and incorporation of the dissident voice. Learning organizations, such as universities, can become innovative communities, where such innovation results in productive behavior, if organizational members have valid information upon which to base their actions and are thus more able to control what happens to them as community members. An organization's leaders and members must be flexible in developing innovations and setting levels at which these changes will achieve institutionalization. Contains 75 references and an index. (GLR)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, College Planning, Collegiality, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Improvement, Leadership Responsibility, Organizational Change, Organizational Communication, Participative Decision Making, Postsecondary Education
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.