Ph.D Thesis

Ph.D StudentDafna Zelig
SubjectAdoption of Innovation from the Business Sector
to Secondary Educational Organizations
DepartmentDepartment of Education in Science and Technology
Supervisor Full Professors Hazzan Orit
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The research deals with adopting innovation from the business sector to secondary educational organizations. The goal of the research was to characterize the process of adoption of innovation from the business sector to secondary education institutions.  This characterization was done by an examination of the perceptions and insights of practitioners regarding their experience, needs and management-related actions. It was also characterized by projects in the past and projects being conducted in the present in the education sector. The research methodology was a qualitative research. Among the main findings were that the business sector serves as a role model for the public sector and the education sector within the context of organizational innovation adoption. Like the business sector, the education sector has also recognized the need to implement innovation to improve efficiency and to compete in the new information age. There is, however, a gap between what the education sector will learn from the business sector and the degree of success it will have in its own implementation. This discrepancy is explained by a model that shows how the innovation adoption process is perceived in the education sector. According to this model, while the business sector adopts innovation proactively, the adoption of innovation in the education sector is reactive. The model shows five stages, and relationships involved in their perception: Collaboration, Customization, Diffusion, Control and Continuation. The study found that while the business sector entered information technologies as part of the core activity of the organization and it became a necessity in the functioning of the organization; the education sector’s information systems were found mainly in areas that support the core business, such as administration and communications, but had not yet penetrated into the core activity of educational institutions, namely teaching and learning. The research has theoretical and practical contributions: The model may serve as a tool in decision making for innovation adoption planning.  The results of the research can be implemented in the process of training principals and teachers to function proactively as part of their daily. It is also important to train teachers and principals to use information technology proactively. The importance of the model that was shown in this research is that it allows educational organizations to step up and change their innovation adoption strategies.