Helping Today’s Universities Survive Market Changes and Provide Students with Better Experiences

Researchers, Dr. Daryl Green and Dr. George Taylor, share their insight at the 2019 Institute of Global Business Research Conference. 

How do today’s universities and colleges survive with rising educational cost, declining employments, and growing dissatisfaction among the US citizens?  Dr. Daryl D. Green and Dr. George Taylor III shared their solutions at the 2020 Institute for Global Business Research Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Institute for Global Business Research (IGBR) is a non-profit organization, originated from many years of professional, academic teaching and research expertise of accomplished business professors from around the globe.

Due to numerous problems in higher education, universities are struggling for sustainable answers. Higher education is undergoing tremendous changes. Universities and colleges are being bombarded with disruptive change which has become fatal.  Enrollment in accredited colleges and universities have shrunk consistently since 2010 since the rising of online learning. According to Moody (2015), closure rate – out of 2,300 institutions – would triple by 2017, and the merger rate would double.  Dr. Clayton Christensen, renowned Harvard University professor, proclaimed “In 15 years from now half of US universities may be in bankruptcy.” Without making the necessary corrections, most academic institutions will not be able to survive. Dr. Green, conference presenter explains, “Small liberal arts colleges are the most susceptible to market forces.  Disruptive change has a dangerous consequence to traditional institutions. The results of disruptive change for organizations produces unpredictability and uncertainty of outcomes in the environments.” Dr. Green, Dr. Taylor, and Mrs. Violet Ford (John Hopkins University doctoral student) are developing a theoretical article, “Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Today’s Small Liberal colleges & Universities” to discuss their initial findings with other scholars. Dr. Green and Dr. Taylor presented at the IGBR Conference.  Dr. Green is the Dickinson Chair and an Associate professor in the College of Business at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a former US Department of Energy program manager with over 25 years of professional management experience. He is a nationally syndicated columnist, where he writes in the areas of leadership, decision-making, and culture. Dr. Green has a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

Dr. Taylor notes, “Traditional liberal arts colleges possess formal structure with identified roles and responsibilities.  Yet, the structure of many universities vary depending on their history, mission, and institutional type….Overall, there is a reliance on bureaucratic organizational structures; academic institutions, whether public or private,  incorporate key authority structures, including a governing board, a president or chancellor, a cohort of administrative leaders, and an academic senate.”  Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business at Tulsa Community College.  Previously, he served as a naval officer specializing in HR, and has over 25 years of leadership and management experience. His writings are in the areas of knowledge management, workplace spirituality, and employee engagement. Dr. Taylor has a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and is 2019 EdD cohort learner attending Oklahoma University.  

In analyzing the current crises in higher education, their presentation describes a set of strategic implications that will aid universities planning to create sustainability education programs. In preparing today’s liberal arts university, administrators and senior executives of these institutions need to infuse an entrepreneurial mind-set in their faculty.  Here are their suggestions: (a)Leaders need to model the way in entrepreneurial mindset; (b)Be adaptable to changing market conditions; and (c) Universities must create entrepreneurial climates.  Dr. Green adds, “Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset will infuse innovative thinking toward difficult problems and provide new revenue streams to universities that utilize student tuition as the principle income for these academic institutions.

To learn more about this research or to schedule media interviews with these researchers, please contact Dr. Green at drdarylgreen@gmail.com or 865-719-7239.

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Dr. Daryl D. Green is an internationally acknowledged author and researcher.  He is the Vice President of AGSM LLC. He is also the Dickinson Chair at the Oklahoma Baptist University. Dr. Green writes a syndicated online column and blog. Moreover, he has been quoted in major media outlets, including USA Today, Associated Press, Ebony, and BET. In 2016, he retired from the federal government as a senior program manager. Dr. Green has spent more than 20 years helping organizations and thousands of individuals make good decisions through his lectures, seminars, and columns. 

Strategic Leaders for Disruptive Changes in 2019

Are you ready for changes in 2019?  If you are like most organizations, the answer is probably ‘no.’  Yet, today’s challenges require a different approach. In fact, businesses fight to survive in severe economic conditions. Shareholders replace CEOs like they change defective light bulbs. It is frequent and unpredictable.  In hopes of salvaging the latest struggling organization, executives usually implement quick solutions by cutting costs (which translates to mean people) and attempting to stop the hemorrhaging through technology. Yet, can today’s managers continue to do the same things and expect different results?  

Sadly, some managers foolishly rely solely on their experience to read market changes. Yet, the current market isn’t like the past! In many situations, managers are equipped to deal with the predictable.  Change that is either planned or incremental is addressed with a risk management approach. However, disruptive change is the hallmark of today’s markets. Disruptive change is sudden and unpredictable. Therefore, experience becomes a liability, not an asset. Organizations, using the old mode of operations, find themselves vulnerable. Established institutions fail. Unknown companies emerge to dominate new sectors. Clayton Christensen, author of Innovative Dilemma, attributes this phenomenon to disruptive innovation.  Therefore, survival depends on understanding the current markets and future trends.

 

Most organizations need strategic leaders to oversee disruptive changes. Strategic thinking represents a different solution for contemporary managers. Strategic thinking is more than careful planning of the organization’s work. Strategic thinking consists of two components, which are knowledge about the present and foresight about the future. Charles Handy, author of The Age of Unreason, argues “Discontinuous change requires discontinuous thinking. If the new way of doing things is going to be different from the old, not just an improvement on it, then we shall need to look at everything in a new way.”  Watt Wacker, Jim Taylor, and Howard Means, leadership gurus, suggest a visionary leader with the capacity of ‘living in the present’ while ‘living in the future.” Therefore, duality becomes a critical attribute of exemplary leaders in disruptive environments.

In summary, disruptive change is creating problems for most traditional organizations. Strategic leaders are needed.  Clearly, strategic thinking is different than routine planning of an organization. Unfortunately, some managers are unaware how this process can assist them in being competitive. Since contemporary organizations can no longer use outdated methods and cookie cutter solutions in this disruptive environment, managers must reexamine their operations. In fact, leaders must be flexible to sudden market changes. Therefore, effective organizations go beyond detailed planning to strategic thinking.

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Disruptive Change: How Leaders Navigate Uncertainty

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As companies continue to wage war with global competition and attempt to figure out their next steps due to advanced technologies, organizations are dealing with unpredictable change that is disruptive. In fact, disruptive change is impacting everyone in all walks of life, from Wall Street to entertainment. The casualties of disruptive change are evident.

In a statement to the Associated Press about joining a Silicon Valley boardroom, Serena Williams said, “I feel like diversity is something I speak to. Change is always happening. Change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of change and to make it easier for the next person.”   we will examine disruptive change and what leaders can do to navigate the resulting uncertainties.

Disruptive change is wrecking traditional thinking of industries and institutions. Long-standing organizations have long attempted to maintain the status quo, allowing flagship institutions like Harvard University and Princeton lead the pack. Non-traditional institutions, like the University of Phoenix, were frowned upon by academics because it was a for-profit university growing by using non-traditional models like online learning.

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