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ERIC Number: ED559354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 46
Creating a Culture of Innovation: The Challenge in Becoming and Staying a World-Class University
Tierney, William G.
Pullias Center for Higher Education
In the 21st century world-class universities will need to be much more focused on innovation, rather than on stability and standardization. An innovative organization is different from a stable one. It requires different skills from its participants, and it functions in a different way from a stable organization. A focus on innovation will necessitate a different kind of university from what exists at most institutions today. Those who want to create and maintain a world class university will need to develop a culture of innovation in their organizations. In this report, William Tierney first outlines an organization's barriers to innovation that retard creativity. He then considers seven topics central for an innovative organization: (1) risk-taking; (2) personal autonomy; (3) goal-setting; (4) decision-making; (5) teamwork; (6) fiscal and temporal resources; and (7) organizational excitement.
Pullias Center for Higher Education. University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, Waite Phillips Hall Room 701, 3470 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Tel: 213-740-7218; Fax: 213-740-3889; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Pullias Center for Higher Education