The Quantum University begins with an analysis of the current state of higher education organizational structure and leadership based on classical scientific approaches. It then focuses briefly why the classical approaches are inappropriate for human organization, such as universities.
From this baseline, the book shares descriptions of quantum physics, ecology, chaos theory, and other newer sciences. These sciences provide us important lessons for how we run our universities. These new sciences are a much cleaner fit and metaphor for our institutional structures and leadership models.
The Quantum University finishes with a thorough investigation of what a new university structure would look like and the type of leadership it would need. Each chapter is accompanied with a guest essay written by different practitioners from across the nation. In addition, each chapter shares a fictitious story of “Leslie.” She is a new board of trustee member and struggles with her leadership role. By the end of the book, her insights have provided a new direction not only for herself, but also for the university.
Perry R. Rettig has been an educator for the past 36 years, most recently as a vice president and professor of educational leadership and administration. His research in exploring new models of organizational structure and leadership models has resulted in six books, twenty articles, and dozens of presentations across the globe.
List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 1: Old School
Chapter 2: You’ve Got A New Thing Coming
Chapter 3: A Butterfly Spreads Her Wings
Chapter 4: Quantum Redux
Chapter 5: The Quantum University—Thought Experiment
About the Author
Rettig has written a thought provoking book emphasizing the need for change and adaptation for the betterment of building processes for continuous progress in higher education. More than ever, leaders must imagine the possibilities of shared governance on organization structure and management practices.
The Quantum University is an outstanding guide for any leader or organization contemplating change. Rettig offers tools for consideration and brilliantly ties each element together for practical application. Engaging and thought-provoking, The Quantum University provides enlightened organizational insights and challenges the reader to consider cultural innovation for a stronger future.