Creating a Pipeline for Innovation Within Your College or University

Creating a Pipeline for Innovation within Your College or University offers a unique, tested roadmap that will prepare higher-ed leaders to provide systemic and sustained support for real innovation at every level within their institution. Creating a Pipeline for Innovation Within Your College or University: Order 10+ copies and receive a $25 discount on every copy you purchase.

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By David Kiel
ISBN 978-1-948658-22-5
822 pages

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Why This Book?

Much attention has been paid to how higher ed leaders can support entrepreneurs in launching startups that can improve society outside the walls of the institution; less has been paid to how we can support entrepreneurial faculty, staff, students, and departmental leaders in launching similarly innovative ventures that improve the internal workings of their own college or university. Yet building the capacity for continuous innovation is the factor that will determine which colleges and universities survive and which will thrive in the future.

Higher education attracts many creative individuals, but within the traditional hierarchical and disciplinary organizational structures, few incentives, rewards, and supports are provided for those who think outside the box or color outside the traditional lines. Creating a Pipeline for Innovation provides a well-conceived, extensively documented, and systematic corrective to this built-in institutional dilemma.

David Kiel’s book provides both the research-tested conceptual framework for systemic support, and an in-depth study of what types of support can make a real difference at every stage of then work bringing an innovative venture to fruition—from ideation and pilot, all the way through to a sustained venture that has a transformative impact on the institution’s mission, financial health, and reputation.

Replete with interviews with institutional leaders and innovators, practical examples and strategies that have been tested in the field, and drawing on the author’s twenty years of experience building support systems for innovators within colleges and universities, this book offers a unique roadmap that will prepare higher-ed leaders to find new solutions, to accelerate the creative responses from innovators within, and to provide systemic support for the creativity and innovation of students, faculty, and staff. Worksheets are provided throughout to help you apply this thinking to your own campus.


About the Author

David Kiel is the author of Creating a Pipeline for Innovation Within Your College or University, published in 2023. Learn more about the book and order it here.

In this book, Kiel provides a five-step process for supporting innovation and innovators at any institution of higher education. He shows how leaders and innovators can work together to improve programs, adapt to change, build the reputation of the institution, and generate significant revenues. Kiel argues that we must recognize the “academic intrapreneur” as a powerful resource and shows how these talented innovators and their ventures may be developed to create a major positive difference in the prospects of the institution.

This “How to do it in on your campus” book is based on Kiel’s work with intrapreneurial faculty members over twenty years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and case studies and information from another three dozen campuses including community colleges, four-year colleges, regional universities, and AAU research intensive institutions. In providing examples and precedents for his recommendations, Kiel draws on intensive interviews with some of the most innovative leaders on the higher education scene today.

Kiel started his work as a faculty leadership developer at UNC-CH in 2001 where he created 7 separate leadership development programs for faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also developed programs for faculty mentoring throughout the campus. This work led to his previous book for AI In 2019 Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs: A Comprehensive Handbook.

From 1982 to 2010 he consulted with leaders in government, non-profit, and small business organizations, primarily in the areas of strategic planning, change management, leadership development, team building, and conflict resolution. He has written numerous articles on leadership development, change management, and organizational development. After receiving his doctorate in 1974, Kiel taught courses in public administration and public health at three state universities from 1974-1985

He has been a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science since 1998. He currently coaches and consults with higher education leaders who are trying to bring about positive changes at their institutions.



“In a world where higher education is changing rapidly, innovation is necessary to remain relevant and competitive. Kiel explores the ways innovation can be used to grow and reinvent your institution and how to leverage the talent of leaders and “academic intrapreneurs” to create positive change. This is a must read for any leader looking for ways to improve revenues, learning and outcomes for their institution.”

– Nivine Megahed, President National Louis University, Chicago Illinois


“At the Alamo Colleges, we strive for continuous, sustained improvements in our core processes. Over the past two decades, this has led to dramatic increases in student performance, major contributions to the community, the creation of a more integrated system of distinctive institutions and significant national recognition. Creating a Pipeline for Innovation at your College or University, by Dr. David Kiel, provides a road map for this kind of long-term development.”

– Mike Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District, San Antonio, Texas


“Heated debates over disruptive innovation have obscured a broader range of options for where and what kinds of change can come from within higher education. Rather than offer a single theory of change, David Kiel recognizes that innovation looks different in different institutions and highlights the ways in which innovation can come from the top, middle, and bottom of a college or university. Equally important, he calls attention to strategies of change from rapid incrementalism to radical transformation. Creating a Pipeline for Change in Your College or University offers a useful hands-on guide for practitioners of change in higher education.”

– Noah Pickus, Associate Provost at Duke University


“My advice for innovative leaders of colleges and universities is to identify institutional strengths, develop them and market them intensively. We also support faculty and staff who are developing promising ideas that could become future strengths. David Kiel’s book provides specific advice and examples for these and other innovative practices. This is a comprehensive guide!”

– Robert Johnson, President, Western New England University, Springfield Massachusetts


Hear From Some of the Institutional Leaders Interviewed for This Book

Discover how to apply these concepts to your institution by downloading author David Kiel’s interviews with four outstanding college and university presidents and chancellors who are leading and supporting extraordinary change efforts.



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