The PhilaU story is captured in Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate, a book that explains how innovation can and should be taught. Disrupt Together expresses the knowledge of sixteen different authors who are experts in fields focused on innovation, and the authors provide insights and processes for business entrepreneurs, business executives, and those in higher education to aid them in identifying problems and deliver high value solutions. It emphasizes the importance of creating interdisciplinary teams to achieve the loftiest goals: Disrupt Together, an elegantly assembled team of authors from a variety of fields, is a testament to the success of this method. The authors use case studies from higher education, healthcare, product design, and more to demonstrate how the team-based approach of opportunity recognition produces the greatest results. By showing the success of this creative, consumer-driven model, Disrupt Together memorializes Philadelphia University as the institution where innovation is happening best.
Philadelphia University purposefully created a curriculum and teaching methods to intersect collaborating academic disciplines. Our mission is to prepare our graduates for careers in the evolving global marketplace. PhilaU combines active, collaborative, real-world learning with an infusion of the liberal arts in a brand of education we call Nexus Learning. Nexus Learning is a higher education model that revolutionizes the way students learn and become leaders in their professions.
Our award-winning DEC curriculum in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce embodies this model. Design thinking is necessarily consumer-focused, defined by an understanding of the complex environment and how human need interacts with the environment. In the context of innovation, design thinking involves working in teams to match people’s needs with a technologically viable and marketable solution. In PhilaU’s DEC curriculum, students learn how to engage in this process in an active way. They collaborate with members of all disciplines — design, engineering, and business — thus enjoying a multidimensional educational experience that prepares them to think critically about the world and their place in it as a professional. Student think deeply about problems and embed their learning by identifying and addressing value-creating solutions. PhilaU students focus on understanding human need, answering the necessary questions: “Is this solution desirable, feasible, and valuable?”
PhilaU’s model of teaching innovation shows how the entrepreneurial process is stronger when based on a foundation of design thinking. By using design thinking in innovative entrepreneurship, PhilaU shows that having a finely-honed lens on the nature of an opportunity is the best way to create a business model for addressing that opportunity in a way that is creative, effective, and efficient. The result of this team-based, transdisciplinary model is that bigger and better ventures solve more problems with fewer failures. By embodying this ideal, PhilaU proves that it is the model for professional education in the 21st century.
You can read about all the authors on the Disrupt Together website here.
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