Why Team Academy?

Jackson, C. (2021) Why Team Academy? In: Team Academy and Entrepreneurship Education. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 95-104. ISBN 978-0-367-75591-1

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Why Team Academy? No army can stop an idea whose time has come. Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo Taking any new product to market can be a struggle, especially if it’s innovative, ‘ahead of its time’ or it challenges the status quo. Getting people to change or adapt their behaviour, without them being able to fully identify an immediately apparent reason or need, can be met with resistance and scepticism. “Why do we need this… what we have already works fine?” And so it is with the Team Academy model. Why should we give up on an ages-old pedagogical model of teaching which is embraced worldwide? A model of the ‘sage on the stage’ where the teacher is the expert, the curriculum is decided, controlled and measured and success of institution and pupil is based on outputs. In the world of work, little changes, and organisations large and small look to training, advisors and consultants to provide solutions to growth requirements. But what if we are being myopic and ignoring the inevitable? What if there is an evolutionary argument that suggests that change in the way that we look for learning is not only inevitable but necessary? Emerging literature and commentary would suggest that team learning is not just a ‘new thing’ but an inescapable and necessary response to a world where uncertainty, change and complexity demand responses that cannot wait for an ‘expert’ to prescribe a single or universally accepted solution. So what is the point of Team Academy? Is it just an interesting and innovative educational model that will amuse minds and provide research activities for academics until another ‘flavour of the month’ emerges, or is it something far broader than this? Is it indeed part of an evolutionary, learning necessity – a phenomenon whose time is now? What could a global Team Academy Network look like? What would be its purpose? Why should we promote it? Is this a black art that is to remain in the domain of academia? Is it a virus that has already been released? Or is it an antidote to a much deeper, embedded problem in that the way that we teach is not wholly appropriate for tomorrow’s world?

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Keywords: © 2021 Routledge. This is an author accepted manuscript of a chapter subsequently published in Why Team Academy? Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Depositing User: Chris Jackson
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 10:29
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 02:40
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/911

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