Are today's colleges going the way of Blockbuster after the rise of Netflix and streaming video? Things might not be quite so dire. But university leaders need to act quickly to take advantage of emerging technologies.
In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Henry Lucas talks about disruptive technologies and how they are impacting higher education.
Lucas is the Smith Chair Professor of Information Systems and chair of the department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies at the Smith School. His recent experiences include teaching Massive Online Open Courses – free online courses that often have more than 10,000 students participating. His latest book, “Technology and the Disruption of Higher Education: Saving the American University,” argues that college leaders need to act more quickly than they have done so far if they don’t want to be swept aside by emerging technologies. His research interests include information technology-enabled transformations of organizations, markets, industries and our daily lives. He has conducted research on the impact of information technology on organizations, IT in organization design, electronic commerce, and the value of information technology. Lucas co-produced and co-wrote “The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely,” a documentary co-developed by Maryland Public Television and the Smith School shown on public television stations around the U.S. He has authored a dozen books as well as monographs and more than 70 articles in professional journals.