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The Need for Innovation in Education

Where Is Innovation Needed in Education?

Innovation presents new ideas to business leaders that help them stand out from competitors and increase revenue and market share. Innovation is also a way to reduce costs.

Innovation is needed to support growth and address deep social and global challenges like ageing, climate change and resource scarcity. It also spurs education, skills and wellbeing throughout life.

1. Education

Creating innovation in education requires a multifaceted operating system that includes strategic, creative, and executional practices that work together. These essentials—which we call the innovation triumvirate—reflect how companies in many industries innovate by conceptualizing and developing entirely new products, processes, ideas, and ways of doing business.

In the corporate world, different types of innovations target specific product lines or internal business processes—sustaining innovation aims to improve a company’s existing products or services over time and disruptive innovation challenges existing industry leaders by offering a cheaper, better alternative. The challenge is the same for innovation in education: new educational strategies, methods, and tools must be developed to improve and change the status quo on a large scale.

Education innovations can be homegrown (coming from within education) or imported, such as the revolution in information technology or social media or medical advancements like MRI. In both cases, pockets of innovation give hope, but a massive educational effort is needed to move the needle on the quality and efficiency of education worldwide.

3. Environment

Innovation is not just about new products; it’s also about improving existing processes and methodologies. It can make them more effective and more sustainable. It can even improve a company’s competitive edge and create new jobs in a more environmentally friendly way.

To understand how to enable innovation, McKinsey studied the practices and attributes of big companies that are high performers in product, process, and business model innovation. We found that there are eight essentials that are present, in part or fully, at every high-performing company.

Environments are the data structure that powers scoping in R, and it’s important to understand how they work in order to use this language effectively. Read on to learn more about environments and see examples of how they’re used in practice.

4. Society

Innovation is essential for addressing deep social challenges, such as ageing, resource scarcity and disease. It is also needed to spur education, skills and wellbeing throughout life, while boosting economic growth and increasing global competitiveness.

There are many potential sources of innovation opportunities. Four of them exist within a company: unexpected occurrences, incongruities in existing products, processes or business models and industry and market changes.

But innovation is difficult to implement and sustain. A maverick in the company can get the ball rolling but they are often thwarted by the virulent antibodies of cautious governance processes, which look for reasons to stifle innovative ideas. Furthermore, changing infrastructure can be extremely difficult since there are a lot of vested interests from various groups in the system. For innovations to have an impact they need to be widely implemented and sustained. Otherwise they remain a theory.

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