Reading for Science: Anatomy as a Metaphor for a Holistic College-Wide Innovation

  • Roger Nunn
  • Caroline Brandt
  • Asli Hassan
  • Curtis Bradley
Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)


This chapter provides a combination of different narratives from different areas of college management to address the importance of a holistic or systems-thinking approach to innovation management. An approach that considers different parts of the system in relation to each other is outlined and illustrated by an inclusive, interdisciplinary view of a community of practice engaged in innovation that goes beyond narrow departmental specializations. The authors conclude that innovation is not a limited surgical intervention by leadership alone, but rather a process of mutual engagement and social learning that can empower members of the whole institution to contribute to improvement. The metaphor of anatomy from the field of holistic medicine supports this perspective of a novel holistic approach to innovation that is transferable to other contexts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger Nunn
    • 1
  • Caroline Brandt
    • 2
  • Asli Hassan
    • 3
  • Curtis Bradley
    • 3
  1. 1.American University of SharjahSharjahUAE
  2. 2.College of Arts and Sciences (Sas al Nakhl Campus)Khalifa University of Science and TechnologyAbu DhabiUAE
  3. 3.Khalifa University of Science and TechnologyAbu DhabiUAE

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