Film Use to Promote Understanding in Change and Diffusion of Innovation

Douglas A. Wilson, Victoria Raish, Alison Carr-Chellman

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The paper explores cinematic films as a pedagogical tool to promote critical thinking and student discussions in a doctoral-level learning, design, and technology seminar course at a major U.S. research university. These discussions focused on systemic change and systemic thinking concepts. The authors offer evidence from the literature that supports films’ power as a visual metaphor and neurocognitive stimulator to promote development of new perspectives in graduate students on case studies through articulation, reflection, and explanation of their thought processes on change and diffusion of innovation. There are theoretical, political, social, and technological issues that create tensions during any systemic change effort. The goal of using film in this seminar is to equip students with the requisite skills, theoretical frameworks, and interpersonal experiences needed to address these issues within organizations and communities. The change expected from systemic thinking is for students to think more deeply about the interconnectedness of systems and the importance of bottom-up change efforts that consider the perspective of all stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-293
Number of pages17
JournalSystemic Practice and Action Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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