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A Catalyst For Institutional Transformation

The active involvement of a large number of actors has the potential to create a deep understanding of why change is necessary and a strong sense of individual commitment to the proposed solutions. 

The plenaries and mutual critique have the potential to promote an understanding of interconnectedness within the university and to promote a culture of open exchange of ideas and outcome-oriented communication, which is aimed to outlast the session.

Finally, the Skolkovo Method has the added benefit that it promotes bottom-up initiatives. In conditions of high uncertainty in the political, economic and scientific environment, where some strategic initiatives may work, but others may fail, the model offers a pragmatic approach to driving change without the need for strong central planning and coordination (at which universities fail more often than they succeed). 

While the specificities of the Russian context in which the 5-100 excellence initiative provides additional funding and exerts high pressure to succeed are distinct, higher education leaders might learn a thing or two here about driving transformation in their own universities.

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Written by Lukas Bischof,
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