Disruptions as opportunities for new thinking: applying the studio model to business education

Cesar Bandera, Mark Somers, Katia Passerini, Mary Kate Naatus, Kevin Pon

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This paper proposes that to overcome the threat of disruption brought about by a new education model that is flexible, personalised and low cost, universities should focus on adding value not to their replicable content, but to the collaboration and socialisation processes that localise learning to the context where learning occurs whether it be inside or outside the classroom. The studio model, commonly found in arts and architecture, is a suitable example of this localisation approach in that it offers an opportunity to innovate through continuous collaboration. Design thinking approaches in education represent a pathway to achieving the creative results sought by the studio model, and this paper outlines a conceptual and practical model of how this can be done in the field of management and business education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages12
JournalKnowledge Management Research and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


  • Studio model
  • business pedagogy
  • design thinking
  • disruption
  • innovation
  • management education


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