"New technological model and higher education: A view from the changing world of work"

1992. “New technological model and higher education: A view from the changing world of work in Gustavo Lopez Ospina, compiler, Challenges and Options: Specific Proposals, CRESALC/UNESCO, pp. 121-145  

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Productions System requirements as a Source of Criteria for Change in Education
A Common Ground for Collective Innovation

Section 1:  People Accustomed to Continuous Technical Change for a Flexible and Adaptable Organisation

  1. From Standardization and Optimization to Adaptability and Continuous Improvement
  2. Prompt Response to Changing Needs
  3. Technological Competition
  4. Continuous Improvement as the Norm
  5. Information Technology and Continuous Improvement
  6. Recognition of Personnel as Human Capital
  7. Need for Qualified Professional to Take On and Carry Out Technical Change
  8. Potential for Acquiring New Information
  9. Ability to Be Innovative
  10. Conditions for Keeping Up-to-Date

Section 2: People Capable of Creative Group Work for an Interactive Network Structure

  1. From Rigid Pyramids to Participatory Networks in Open System
  2. Limitations of the Former Hierarchical Organization
  3. A Network of Semi-autonomous Units
  4. Creative Participation
  5. Internal Technical Interaction
  6. Top Management as Leadership
  7. An Open System of Multiple Cooperation
  8. Proliferation of Independent Consultants
  9. Links with Educational and Research Institutions
  10. Coherence between New Organization and Computer Equipment
  11. Same principles in many variants
  12. Need to Train Autonomous Professionals with Interdisciplinary Work Habits
  13. Transdisciplinary Specialization and Integration
  14. Self-discipline and Excellence
  15. Interaction with the Outside World

Section 3: The End Justifies the Means or How to Approach the Process of Transformation

  1. Adoption of the New Efficiency Principles
  2. Bringing Down the Walls that Isolate the Education System
  3. A Virtuous Circle to Accelerate Development



Published 2002

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Christopher Freeman, Emeritus Professor, SPRU,
University of Sussex, UK

'...Carlota Perez shows us that historically technological revolutions arrive with remarkable regularity, and that economies react to them in predictable phases. Her argument provides much needed perspective not just on history, but on our own times. And especially on our own information revolution.'

W. Brian Arthur, Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico

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