This article reflects upon the journey
so far into the exploration and understanding of the potential of the corporate university
concept as a real time business development platform.
It challenges whether the
many and diverse schools of thinking that are shaping the intellectual
architecture of corporate universities are innovating new processes of intellectual
development, are in fact functionally constrained, simply window dressing of existing
functions, or are engaged in retro-ego trips.
It identifies the main
development connections between the corporate university concept and the developmental
thinking domains of intellect, organisation and business. It examines where blockages are
taking place in its evolution and puts forward a thinking schools integrator process
methodology as a basis for moving forward into a more complete articulation of the
A constructivist methodology is summarised
introducing the idea of well considered choice for the integration of diverse
developmental 'schools of thinking' to determine a comprehensive 'configuration school of
thinking'. It suggests the first phase of an approach into how the emergent paradigm can
be managed to unfold a bespoke corporate university architecture.