Joe Kalkman reveals the secret behind big changes at Best Buy. New technologies enable tapping into globally-distributed talent, the knowledge of 150,000 workers, and the energy of social, employee-driven networks. This is paired with new business processes such as creating a results-only work environment. Education and big business alike are ripe for transformation.
Liz Coleman and Gina Glantz lead a group discussion deploring the separation of professional training from liberal arts education — skills from academics. How do we unite doing and thinking? Further, the divide shown to be the primary predictor of success in college is not your coursework, it’s whether you start with means. Closing these gaps in higher education is essential.
Quintus Jett of Rutgers University replaced his organizational theorist hat with a hard hat for the Gentilly Project in New Orleans. The project gathered Hurricane Katrina damage data by going house-to-house, and was an example of engaging students and participants across departments, from a number of universities — successfully working outside the curriculum.