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


Why This Book?

Read an Abstract from the Author


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. Yet, given the adaptive challenges facing our institutions today, rarely, if ever, has it been more important for leaders to accelerate those creative responses that are already being piloted in a grassroots manner on their own campus, to find new solutions, and to provide systemic support for the creativity and innovation of their students, faculty and staff.

Creating a Pipeline for Innovation provides both the research-tested conceptual framework for such systemic support, and an in-depth study of what types of support can make a difference at every stage of 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 worksheets for applying this thinking to your own campus, Creating a Pipeline for Innovation Within Your College or University offers a unique roadmap that will prepare higher-ed leaders to empower innovation at every level within their institution—in action, not just in name.


About the Author

David Kiel is the author of Creating a Pipeline for Innovation within Your College or University.

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 mavericks 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.


Hear From Some of the Institutional Leaders Interviewed for This Book

Join us for a discussion series to hear Academic Impressions author David Kiel interview four outstanding college and university presidents and chancellors who are leading and supporting extraordinary change efforts.



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