COVID-19 STATEMENT: While this virus is impacting everyone differently, this online programme is continuing as planned.
Please consider joining our global online classroom for an enriching and interactive experience to further your career.
To be announced
8 hours per week
4 live virtual sessions per week
Idea to Innovation 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:
2/3 of business leaders said that innovation was critical to the survival of their organisation
SOURCE: PA CONSULTING INNOVATION MATTERS REPORT, 2019
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.
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.
This three-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.
Participants will receive an introduction to what innovation is and why it matters. Faculty will discuss the nature of uncertainty facing firms and the rapid pace of change, which together have significant implications for firms’ innovation strategy and competitive advantage. Participants will learn about different types of innovation, the challenges they present for incumbent firms and how firms can overcome these challenges.
Competitive advantages are increasingly becoming short-lived. Firms thus need to build and develop their capabilities in identifying and shaping new business opportunities. During this session, participants will get to know key elements affecting the types of opportunities they are able to see (and not see!), and learn ways in which they can systematically design and improve their initial opportunities. They will get to know contemporary frameworks (such as the market opportunity navigator and business model canvas) that will help them to ask the right questions, and to guide them in this essential business activity.
Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to solving complex problems from the perspective of people who are affected by them and to identify opportunities to innovate. As such, it can be effectively used for an actor who is committed to creating positive change. During the Design Thinking sessions, you will learn about the main principles underpinning Design Thinking. Throughout the programme, you will get the chance to apply this approach to solving challenges you are currently facing. In doing so, you will experience first-hand how this approach can help you innovate even in difficult environments.
In this session, participants will discuss why innovation matters particularly when it disrupts industries. Participants will discuss different types of innovation – technology-driven, business model-driven, and user-driven – and the challenges each type presents for firms. Next, though a business case, participants explore how to use protection strategies and complementary assets to implement the commercial strategy, and suggest questions delegates should be thinking about when illustrating a business model.
Networks are important as sources for information for developing new ideas and as an influence tool for getting these ideas supported and implemented in organisations. Novel ideas that deviate from the status quo typically do not emerge in isolation, but stem in large part from interpersonal interaction in inter- and intra-organisational networks. Novel ideas are often perceived as disruptive by internal and external stakeholders alike and thus require active networking to gain legitimacy and buy-in. This module aims to provide practical insight into how individuals can build and mobilise their networks effectively to generate valuable new ideas and push for their realisation.
Specifically, the learning objectives of this module are two-fold:
Successful innovation requires capturing the attention and generating the enthusiasm of important stakeholders. In this interactive session, participants will learn to craft an “innovation narrative”, and develop the skill of creating an innovation vision and communicating it.
Innovation cannot be developed alone in organisations; it depends on having high-functioning teams. In this session, participants will learn about some of the dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them. In addition, the importance of first meetings and the value of a team chatter will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to apply the learning in the project teams.
Note: Each session commences at 9:00 AM BST.
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…
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…
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...
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...
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),...
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...
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,...
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 of Participation.