Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture

48 h
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Week 1: Introduction
Why Everyone Wants Innovation but No One Wants to Change

We introduce the approach of the class: instead of trying to be innovative, just stop stopping it. We discuss a framework for analyzing the six most common barriers (constraints) that stop innovation.

Week 2: Individual Constraints
Why Most of Us Are More Creative Than We Think

Psychologists treat innovation as a problem of having creative ideas; we sometimes stop innovation by not "thinking different." This week explores the constraints of perception, intellection and expression and offers strategies for overcoming them.

Week 3: Group Constraints
Why a Brainstorm Meeting Can Be Worse Than No Meeting at All

Social psychologists treat innovation as a group problem: we often don't get early support for our ideas because of adverse group dynamics. This week looks at the constraints of emotion, culture and process in groups as well as the environment within which groups work and looks at ways to overcome them.

Week 4: Organizational Constraints
Why You’ll Never Be a Prophet in Your Own Hometown

The field of management sees the problem of innovation as one of the organization; organization is the opposite of innovation, after all. This week explores the constraints of strategy, structure and resources and we explore ways of framing them that will help us to overcome them.

Week 5: Industry Constraints
If It’s Such a Great Idea, Why Isn’t Our Competitor Doing It?

An economist view of failed innovation sees it as a problem of adoption; when there's no market to adopt it, it's not an innovation, it's just a creative idea. We look at the constraints of competition, suppliers and markets and discuss strategies you can use to relax them.

Week 6: Societal Constraints
Why My Innovation Means You Have to Change

The sociological and anthropological perspective suggests that societies control or obstruct innovations that are deemed as dangerous or contrary to societal values. This week explores the constraints of identity, social control, and history and we will seek an understanding of how we might avoid them.

Week 7: Technological Constraints
How to Take a Really Hard Problem and Make It Completely Impossible

Engineers and scientists see failed innovation as a failure of technology; if it doesn't work, it's not an innovation. Here we explore the constraints of knowledge, time and the natural environment. Rather than trying to overcome them, we develop strategies for working within these constraints.

Week 8: When Failure Is Not an Option
Leading an Innovation Strategy

The final week has us putting the entire model together into the leadership context. We will learn about innovation portfolios and discuss a tested process for moving innovations from ideas to realities.


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David A. Owens, PhD, PE
Practice of Management and Innovation

Jim Rosenberg
Independent Consultant and Senior Advisor at NAS


Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.


Coursera is a digital company offering massive open online course founded by computer teachers Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller Stanford University, located in Mountain View, California. 

Coursera works with top universities and organizations to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in many subjects, including: physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and other subjects.

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