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2021 Autumn Members Meeting - Session Synopsis

Speaker: Michelle King, Director, National Higher Education Lead & National Enterprise Education Lead, KPMG
Session Title: What got us here will not get us there. How higher education IT functions can best serve institutions and students in a disruptive world.
Synopsis: The “golden age” for Australia’s universities has passed with various mega-trends impacting the sector at once, including changes in student expectations as they become more diverse, digital, discerning, demanding and debt-averse. If students and taxpayers continue to want more but pay less, our institutions must become more student-centric and digital in a very cost constrained environment. This will not be easy and will require both transformation of business models and optimisation of operating models. What capabilities and ways of working will universities need to survive and thrive in this disruptive world? What will be the role of higher education IT leaders and functions?  We know that more of the same will not get us there. This keynote will offer ways to cut through the most wicked problems facing Australia’s higher education IT leadership.


Speaker: Dr Jen Frahm, Co-Founder, Agile Change Leadership Institute 
Session Title: Digital Ambidexterity through Exploratory Leadership
Synopsis: In O’Reilly and Tushman’s Lead and Disrupt: How to solve the Innovators Dilemma, two types of innovation are introduced: Exploitative and Explorative. The ability to balance both requires a form of digital ambidexterity, an ability to lead with paradox, and the wisdom to discern which is necessary when. Exploration refers to search, risk taking, experimentation, and innovation in organizations, whereas exploitation has to do with refinement, efficiency, implementation, and execution. The dominant model of leadership has been exploitation for many years. Successive periods of disruption mean we need to turn towards exploratory leadership now. In this talk Dr Jen Frahm will introduce you to the seven pillars of Exploratory Leadership and how you might activate this style of leadership in your institution.