While there has been much attention to the design of courses and curricula on teaching the innovation process, less attention has been paid to the design of the physical space in which such teaching takes place. What is the effect of physical space on teaching and learning how to innovate? In this chapter we consider how to design a physical space most conducive to learning the innovation process. We begin with a brief review of the history of learning spaces in business education, and then we parse the innovation process into specific activities and link them to requirements for physical space. We present the design of one space, the Babson “Design Zone” that takes into account these activities as well as curricular requirements. We discuss the effects that teaching in these new spaces has not only on students but also on the role of the teacher, and we close with considerations on how design spaces may also assist the career preparation of our students.
Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Methods | Technology and Innovation
Fixson, S.K., Seidel, V.P. and Bailey, J. (2015). Creating Space for Innovation: The Role of a "Design Zone" within a Business School. In: Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom. Victoria L. Crittenden, Nathaniel Karst and Rosa Slegers (eds.). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.