The purpose of this white paper is four-fold. First, the paper provides Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education with a preliminary overview of the field of innovation. The overview is informed by academic literature as well as mainstream books and writings on the topic. This white paper serves as a conceptual grounding for Jandris Center’s internal and external stakeholders in that a general, common language around innovation might emerge and thus enhance communication between and among stakeholders. Second, the paper provides tools (in the form of frameworks, models, and concepts) to help the Center operationalize its various activities. These tools are grounded in innovation-related research, all with an eye toward application. Neither the overview nor the tools is meant to constrain Jandris Center’s own creative activity, for the actual work Jandris Center conducts may help evolve any given view or tool—yet a common starting point is a necessity for any organization wishing to facilitate innovative activity. This leads to the third purpose of the paper: to help Jandris Center understand where its efforts will be centered. A comprehensive perspective of innovation will help Jandris Center identify the primary activity and space within innovation that it wishes to focus its efforts and resources, while simultaneously remaining conscious of the holistic nature of innovation. Finally, the paper provides preliminary suggestions and recommendations that emerged from the construction of the white paper. The suggestions and recommendations are simply guides to keep in mind at this point in the life of Jandris Center.
White paper providing a preliminary overview of the field of innovation.
Perspectives on Innovation in Higher Education: A Framing Document for the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education.
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