From Envisioning to Managing Educational Development and Organizational Innovation

  • Katerina Bohle-CarbonellEmail author
  • Amber Dailey-Hebert
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 6)


In light of growing complexity and volatility in the world, universities are challenged to tackle connected, ill-defined problems in need of innovative solutions. Yet higher education finds difficulty in organizing initiatives to address such issues and continues to structure solutions in traditional, hierarchical, and restrictive ways. In order to confront these changes and remain a relevant part of society, a mid-sized European university has started to challenge itself, the manner in which it conducts education and the group of people to whom it offers education. To achieve this goal, a bottom-up project structure was adopted, giving lower-level faculty members the autonomy, money and time to experiment and explore unorthodox methods. The research presented in this chapter details the perspectives and experiences of this unique project team, and outlines capacities needed and relevant questions to consider in dealing with wicked problems.


Team Member Stakeholder Group Project Team Wicked Problem Project Member 
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We thank the project initiators and project members for their time to be interviewed. We would also like to thank Marian Svenson for her input on the topic of ‘wicked innovation at universities’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katerina Bohle-Carbonell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amber Dailey-Hebert
    • 2
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational Research and DevelopmentMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Adult and Continuing EducationPark UniversityParkvilleUSA

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