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Feedback: Concept 2- As noted it is an easy to implement, low cost solution. Most of the onus of implementing this solution can be placed on the students themselves. The one con if the students create the name tents themselves may be the lack of uniformity in their execution.
Concept 1: I think this idea is the strongest for all of the favorable features listed. I agree that one of the constraints is set-up, however, I don't believe this solution is costly and I don't believe it will require Owen to store/replace current furniture. Has your team considered whether it is possible to hire someone to come and saw the slits into the existing furniture? I would assume it wouldn't be too costly, especially considering that this change would solve the name tag issue for years to come. As well, it would allow you not to have to replace the furniture, but simply alter/enhance the existing furniture!
Concept 2: I believe this would be an easy solution to the problem which could be quickly executed. I know I've already received name tents for other events at Owen, and they're easy to use. Additionally, because they are so cheap to replace in case they are lost or damaged, I don't feel that the restraint listed regarding them being damaged is a major concern.
Concept 1: I think this concept will be easy to adapt since both student and professor don’t have to change anything in the class room. We do not have to have a new name tag. However, instead of changing the furniture, we might just add something on the existing table that we can attach name tag. For example, if we can find a long small plastic with groove that we can put name tag on, we can attach or glue it on top of the table.
Concept #1:This concept certainly solves the problem.As you've noted, cost is the biggest concern...especially considering how that $$$ could be used elsewhere to improve Owen. One thing you could explore is the resale value of the furniture currently in 230. Assuming the tables could be resold, maybe the the net expense wouldn't be as big of a constraint.
Concept 1 - While this solution would directly address the problem, I think there are pretty serious constraints in terms of cost and whether the school can justify replacing furniture that, for the most part, is in pretty decent shape. I think it's definitely worth investigating the school's time frame in terms of when they were thinking of making the investment to replace the furniture. If a desire to obtain new furniture already existed, I think it would be much easier to present the benefits of getting the furniture that addresses this issue. Otherwise, from a feasibility standpoint, I think finding a way to manipulate the existing tables (install some type of holders) might be easier.
Concept 1 - While I like that this idea is very consistent with the way that the rest of the upstairs rooms are formulated, I'm not sure it's worth a large investment when you could simply make name tents. Also, I'm not sure if I understand what you are doing, are you buying new tables or modifying the ones that are currently in the room? It seems that new tables would be much more expensive than modifying the ones in the room.I would also raise the question of what to do with room 106, is this not considered a problem in that room because it is smaller, or would you reach this concept to that room as well? I realize, this was probably not part of your original problem set, I think that a solution that could help in both rooms would be an added benefit.
Concept #2: While I think this idea is great for Owen due to the low cost, I'm not sure how amenable students will be to the change. I know that I often forgot the one name tag that I have. With the addition of the of a name tag tent, will students actually use and more importantly remember to bring them to class? On the other hand, this idea is great because of the cost, ease of creation and ability to be replaced and simplicity. One idea is that students could even make their own- it may seem a little childish but fun!
Concept 2: I suspect that this will be the simplest solution and the most likely, but I wonder if there's a way to class the whole thing up a bit. Since name tags get made each year anyway, it's likely little or no additional cost to just have a tent rather than a tag. But what do other schools do here? How does Harvard/Wharton/other handle this issue? I do also like concept 5: Perhaps there's a way to move more in this direction while still relying on the necessary tents.
Concept 1Seems like this solution fits best with current classroom setup, and I don't think you'd need to replace the furniture. Just use a saw to cut slits into the current tables, or you could fasten small name card holders to the table if you are unable to use a saw. To reduce the expense, maybe there's someone on the Vanderbilt campus who could do this at little or no cost.
Concept 2: This seems like a very good and simple to implement idea. The only problem could be that the tents may not be as durable as the regular name tags that we use. Also, as the tents will not be fixed or inserted in a slot, there will be a higher chance of them falling off as students move stuff on the table, which makes them slightly more difficult to handle.
Concept 1: I like this idea because it would maintain consistency within all of the classrooms at Owen. Owen students are already conditioned to put their nametags in the slots in front of them, so this would not require students to change their current behavior. I do agree with the constraints in that it could be quite costly. In order to seamlessly add these features to the current tables, the construction would have to be done during non-school hours in order to prevent class disruption.
Concept 1: New tables or modifying current tables is a great solution. Although a major constraint for this solution is cost, Owen should look at reusing the current tables in other locations throughout the building (or the Center building). Since much of the existing infrastructure needs improvement already, they may be able to use these tables in another capacity.
Concept 2: This is a very easy solution to put in place. It has low costs and would not require much effort on the part of the stakeholders. However, beyond the constraints listed, I would worry about student buy-in. We already carry name plates. Would students be willing to comply with this? If so, I think it's a good solution.
Concept 2: I think this solution is fine, though it is not necessarily innovative in my opinion. Students could just be provided with this type of name tent instead of the ones we already receive. The constraint would be getting the students to actually remember to bring it to class.
Concept 2: I like this option. I think the only way it could be effectively adopted and get student buy-in would be to completely change all of the name plates to this version. This way there wouldn't need to be a special name plate just for Room 230.
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