Conditions and dimensions of innovation in executive development

There has been a considerable shift in executive development in recent years away from transmission-based learning towards processes that focus on learner engagement. This paper presents a framework for innovation in executive development, derived from interviews with 80 executive development clients and faculty, and exemplified in the innovative learning practices found in six business schools from around the world selected as in-depth case studies (University of Cape Town, Melbourne University, University of Notre Dame, Ashridge, BI Norway, and UNC Kenan Flagler). The framework comprises the conditions required for innovation to occur, and the dimensions of innovation in learning processes emerging in the executive development sector in the 21st century. It is apparent from the primary research that learner engagement is core to many of the innovative approaches being developed to support executive learning.

Voller, S. (2008) Conditions and dimensions of innovation in executive development, Pedagogic Research in Higher Education Conference, Liverpool, 16 - 17 June