EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach

Engage with Imperial faculty live online

Get Your Brochure

Course Dates

STARTS ON

TBD

Course Duration

DURATION

10 weeks
5-7 hours per week

Course Duration

PROGRAMME FEE

<dummy>

Note: Live teaching sessions begin after the orientation week. Please download the brochure for the session schedule.

Orientation week: You will have access to the learning platform from the programme start date. There will be no live learning sessions during the first full week, though you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the learning platform and prepare for the programme ahead.

Why Enrol For The Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach Programme?

Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach is an immersive, live virtual learning experience which will contribute to a mindset change, inspire you to innovate in all functions and give you the practical tools to develop your ideas into a viable business proposition. The main objective of the programme is to understand how to become entrepreneurial within your own organisation and to inspire your teams and colleagues to innovate together.

Through this immersive and interactive programme you will:

  • Hone your entrepreneurial spirit
  • Have the opportunity to practice innovation
  • Learn how to develop viable business ideas
  • Inspire and enthuse others within your organisation
  • Gain innovation project input from world-class experts
  • Benefit from the immediate transfer of skills
  • Learn to improve cross-department collaboration
  • Engage with peers from around the world

2/3 of business leaders said that innovation was critical to the survival of their organisation

SOURCE: PA CONSULTING INNOVATION MATTERS REPORT, 2019

About Imperial Virtual Programmes

At Imperial College London, our world-leading experts have combined scientific rigour with practical experience and the latest research to develop immersive virtual programmes – delivered in real time – in several areas of commerce, leadership and innovation so you can define the very future of business. Let us meet you where you are – and take you where you want to be.

  • Learn in real-time through live interactive sessions from Imperial faculty and industry leaders
  • Intensive approach that fits into your busy schedule
  • Two live sessions per week, 90 minutes plus Q&A
  • Engaging, cutting-edge learning platform with mobile access
  • Limited seats available; secure your seat early
  • All live sessions are recorded so you can view them again at any time during the programme
Download Brochure

Who Is This Programme For?

Managers from anywhere in the world, in any industry, who aspire to innovate within their organisation and enable teams to innovate. Technical backgrounds are expected but not essential.

What You Will Learn

This ten-week virtual programme features 90-minute live faculty lectures with a Q&A at the end of each session. The sessions include engaging “try-it” and crowdsourcing features that help create an interactive, personalised and supportive learning experience.

Topic 1:

Introduction and Overview & Disruption, Innovation and Uncertainty

Learn about the programme agenda and hear the programme director set the stage on different types of innovation, the challenges and uncertainty they present for incumbent firms in terms of their innovation strategy and competitive advantage, and how firms can overcome these challenges.

Topic 2:

Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation

Design Thinking is a human centred approach for solving complex problems and identifying opportunities to innovate. Learn how to apply it to solve your challenges and see how this approach can help you innovate even in difficult environments. In this core part of the programme you will look at four key phases that will help you frame and understand how design thinking can drive innovation in your organisation.

Topic 3:

Responses to Uncertainty

In this session, Anu Wadhwa explains how to respond to uncertainty in an optimal way. Hear how to use uncertainty to your advantage through adopting an experimentation mindset and learn how creating an ambidexterous organisation will help you innovate.

Topic 4:

Thinking Disruptively about Corporate Innovation

Bart will discuss how corporate entrepreneurship is organised and help you understand how Unicorns are born in this context. You will also explore how to turn risk and uncertainty in your own context into an advantage that can help mobilise resources.

Topic 5:

Leading and Working with People for Innovation

Successful innovation requires capturing the attention and generating the enthusiasm of important stakeholders. Learn how to craft an ‘Innovation Narrative’ and understand how to communicate and operationalise through teams. Organisational innovation depends on well-functioning teams. Learn about common team dysfunctions and how to avoid them, as well as the importance of first meetings and the value of a team charter. Then apply your learning to real life scenarios using your programme peers as coaches.

Topic 1:

Introduction and Overview & Disruption, Innovation and Uncertainty

Learn about the programme agenda and hear the programme director set the stage on different types of innovation, the challenges and uncertainty they present for incumbent firms in terms of their innovation strategy and competitive advantage, and how firms can overcome these challenges.

Topic 4:

Thinking Disruptively about Corporate Innovation

Bart will discuss how corporate entrepreneurship is organised and help you understand how Unicorns are born in this context. You will also explore how to turn risk and uncertainty in your own context into an advantage that can help mobilise resources.

Topic 2:

Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation

Design Thinking is a human centred approach for solving complex problems and identifying opportunities to innovate. Learn how to apply it to solve your challenges and see how this approach can help you innovate even in difficult environments. In this core part of the programme you will look at four key phases that will help you frame and understand how design thinking can drive innovation in your organisation.

Topic 5:

Leading and Working with People for Innovation

Successful innovation requires capturing the attention and generating the enthusiasm of important stakeholders. Learn how to craft an ‘Innovation Narrative’ and understand how to communicate and operationalise through teams. Organisational innovation depends on well-functioning teams. Learn about common team dysfunctions and how to avoid them, as well as the importance of first meetings and the value of a team charter. Then apply your learning to real life scenarios using your programme peers as coaches.

Topic 3:

Responses to Uncertainty

In this session, Anu Wadhwa explains how to respond to uncertainty in an optimal way. Hear how to use uncertainty to your advantage through adopting an experimentation mindset and learn how creating an ambidexterous organisation will help you innovate.

Note: Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. UK time. For full session schedule, please download the brochure.

Download Brochure

Faculty

Profile picture of course faculty Anu Wadhwa

Anu Wadhwa

Programme Director

Anu Wadhwa is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the Programme Director of the Imperial Idea to Innovation Programme at Imperial College Business School… More info

Profile picture of course faculty Ileana Stigliani

Ileana Stigliani

Imperial College Business School

Ileana Stigliani is Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at Imperial College Business School. She received her PhD in Management from Bocconi University, Milan… More info

Profile picture of course faculty Sankalp Chaturvedi

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Imperial College Business School

Sankalp researches organisational citizenship behaviour (OCB), leadership, and interpersonal trust. He also examines the nature-nurture debate with regard to organisational behaviour... More info

Profile picture of course faculty Bart Clarysse

Bart Clarysse

Imperial College Business School

Bart is a founder of several tech start-up businesses involving digital cinema, mobile internet and venture incubation. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board... More info

Profile picture of course faculty Marc Gruber

Marc Gruber

Imperial College Business School

At EPFL, Marc holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC). Marc also acts as Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ)... More info

Profile picture of course faculty Anne ter Wal

Anne ter Wal

Imperial College Business School

Anne ter Wal is an Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship... More info

Profile picture of course faculty Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Imperial College Business School

Futurist to the Technology Foresight Practice at Imperial College, Richard is an acclaimed author, innovation blogger and the founder of nowandnext.com a website... More info

Certificate

Example image of certificate that will be awarded after successful completion of this program

Certificate

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified Digital Certificate by Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

Note: As a live executive education programme, participant attendance and contribution is key to the learning experience and value of the programme. As such, participants are required to attend (or watch recordings of) 80% of the live sessions to receive their Certificate.

Download Brochure

Apply Now

Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!