Study modes

Key information

Duration: 4 days (on-campus)
Programme dates:
27 February -
3 -
Fees: £4,350

Key information

Duration: 8 weeks (virtual, part-time)
Programme dates:
20 April -
Location:
Address
Virtual, Study online
Fees: £2,950

Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach course overview

Imperial Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach programme is a four-day course that guides participants towards becoming champions of innovation within their organisations. The programme delivers hands-on learning experiences that will give participants the mindset and practical tools to develop business ideas into commercial propositions.

Business ideas, design thinking & innovation

Participants will emerge with a solid understanding of how to be entrepreneurial within their organisations and inspire innovation from others. This management course will help maintain and grow innovative thinking within business; it will help attendees deal with the complexities of change in uncertain times; it will improve methods for creative thinking which will benefit product & service delivery design; and as well as help the attendees succeed in their own role it will help move business forward thanks to an understanding of corporate innovation and a new found thinking for the design of strategy in business.

Who should attend?

These innovation courses are London-based or online and suitable for mid to senior-level managers who want to increase their innovation capabilities and inspire intrapreneurship from their teams. Your programme peers will come from a broad range of sectors and diverse nationalities to develop innovations in products, services and processes. No technical background is required. 

Learning outcomes

  • Immerse participants in an innovation experience through an experiential journey which includes intensive workshops

  • Provide participants with applicable design thinking and innovation tools

  • Allow participants to network across organisational silos

  • Learn to identify new business opportunities, craft a story around the opportunity, build the right business model around the innovation, navigate the organisational context and negotiate for internal resources

Programme content

Introduction and Overview & Disruption, Innovation and Uncertainty
Anu Wadhwa and David Brown


An Introduction to Design Thinking
Ileana Stigliani

Design Thinking is a human-centred approach for solving complex problems and identifying opportunities to innovate. You will 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.

• Discover: Taking a deep dive into the user’s world 
• Define: Interpreting data and synthesising insights 
• Develop: Generating ideas through critical and lateral thinking 
• Deliver: Surfacing assumptions and testing solutions 

Design Thinking Discover Phase
Ileana Stigliani

Field Work
Ileana Stigliani

Wrap up and welcome drinks

Design Thinking Define Phase
Ileana Stigliani


Design Thinking Design Phase

Design Thinking Deliver Phase and final presentations
Ileana Stigliani

Responses to Uncertainty
Anu Wadhwa

Thinking disruptively about Corporate Innovation
Bart Clarysse

Thinking disruptively about Corporate Innovation
Bart Clarysse


Leading and Working with People for Innovation

Sankalp Chatuverdi

30 minute Programme Close

Anu Wadhwa

Programme faculty

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Anu Wadhwa

Anu Wadhwa is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the Programme Director of the Imperial Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach programme at Imperial College Business School. Anu’s research helps established organisations examine patterns and processes of entrepreneurship, the impact of corporate entrepreneurship on organisational innovation, how entrepreneurial actors make decisions under extreme uncertainty and how pre-entry experience and knowledge impact post-entry innovation choices and outcomes.

Ileana Stigliani

Ileana Stigliani

Ileana Stigliani is Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at Imperial College Business School. She received her PhD in Management from Bocconi University, Milan. Her research focuses on the cognitive aspects of innovation. In particular, she studies how material artefacts and practices influence cognitive processes – such as sensemaking and sensegiving, categorisation, and perceptions of organisational and professional identities – within organisations.

Professor Bart Clarysse

Bart Clarysse

Bart Clarysse is visiting professor at Imperial College Business School. Following his PhD studies, Bart was an advisor in technology policy at the European Commission and he still consults on innovation and technology matters for various European governments and agencies. He is founding partner of Inceptum, a company that offers support to build a business plan out of an initial idea; and he sits on the board of Siruna, a mobile internet start-up. He also is an advisor in innovation policy to the Flemish Government, the Belgian Government and European Commission. 

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Dr Sankalp Chaturvedi is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Imperial College Business School. The central focus of Sankalp’s research is in the areas of organisational citizenship behaviour, leadership, and interpersonal trust. In addition, Sankalp is interested in examining the “nature vs. nurture” debates with regard to behaviours in organisations. He is active in executive education where he has been involved in program design and delivery for a wide range of clients including Royal Society, Saif, EDF, and others.

Become an Associate Alumni

Take your partnership with Imperial College Business School to the next level by becoming an Associate Alumni. Complete more than eight days (or 56 hours) of our programmes to claim 'Associate Alumni' status and join our active alumni community.

This on-campus programme accounts for 4 days worth of training time.
This virtual programme accounts for 35 hours worth of training time.

Course Overview 

In today’s disrupted and uncertain business context, constant innovation is the key to staying a step ahead of your competition. 

Imperial’s Innovation: A Design Thinking Approach programme challenges you to adopt a completely new mindset, while equipping you with the frameworks and practical tools to transform your ideas into actionable business propositions. You build the entrepreneurial aptitudes and attitudes to inspire your colleagues and your teams to drive innovation together across every function in your organisation.

This 10-week, online programme fully leverages the expertise and thought leadership of Imperial College Business School faculty, industry experts, and a diverse cohort of international peers. Through live, online sessions, video lectures, interactive activities and assignments, you will build the knowledge, insights, and confidence to:

  • Hone your entrepreneurial mindset and practice innovation 
  • Develop viable new business ideas
  • Motivate, inspire and mobilise others while driving cross-department collaboration
  • Deploy transferable skills
  • Develop your own innovation project with input from world-class experts

Who should attend?

This highly immersive, live online programme convenes innovation and change champions from all over the world. Managers and executives join us from a broad diversity of geographies, industries and functions, and are united by their desire to innovate within their organisation, and to empower their teams to innovate. While a technical background is expected, it is not essential.

Learning objectives 

  • Discover the different types of innovation.
  • Explore challenges and uncertainty of innovation for incumbent firms for strategy and competitive advantage.
  • Design thinking: learn about this human-centred approach for solving complex problems and identifying opportunities to innovate even in difficult environments.
  • Look at four key phases that will help you frame and understand how design thinking can drive innovation in your organisation.
  • Learn how to respond to uncertainty in an optimal way by adopting an experimentation mindset.
  • Discover how creating an ambidextrous organisation will help you innovate.
  • Understand how Unicorns are born.
  • Explore how to turn risk and uncertainty in your own context into an advantage that can help mobilise resources.
  • Learn how to craft an ‘Innovation Narrative’ and understand how to communicate and operationalise through teams.
  • Delve into common team dysfunctions and how to avoid them, as well as the importance of first meetings and the value of a team charter.
  • Apply your learning to real-life scenarios using your programme peers as coaches.

What you will learn

  • Module 1: Introduction and Overview & Disruption, Innovation and Uncertainty
  • Module 2: Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation
  • Module 3: Responses to Uncertainty
  • Module 4: Thinking Disruptively about Corporate Innovation
  • Module 5: Leading and Working with People for Innovation
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Anu Wadhwa

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London. 

Prior to joining Imperial College, Anu Wadhwa was on the faculty at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She received her Ph.D. from the Foster School of Business at University of Washington, Seattle. Anu Wadhwa’s research examines patterns and processes of entrepreneurship in established firms, the impact of corporate entrepreneurship on organizational innovation, how entrepreneurial actors make decisions under extreme uncertainty, and how pre-entry experience and knowledge impact post-entry innovation choices and outcomes.

Ileana Stigliani

Ileana Stigliani

Imperial College Business School

Ileana Stigliani is Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Bocconi University, Milan. Her research focuses on the cognitive aspects of innovation. In particular, she studies how material artifacts and practices influence cognitive processes – such as sensemaking and sensegiving, categorisation, and perceptions of organisational and professional identities – within organisations.

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Imperial College Business School

Sankalp Chaturvedi is an Associate Professor (Organisational Behavior & Leadership) at the Imperial College Business School. Currently, Sankalp is also leading the Gandhi Centre within the School. He holds a PhD from the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. Prior to his PhD, he has a Masters in Human Resource Development and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India), and a Bachelors in Engineering from RAU, Udaipur (India). The central focus of Sankalp Chaturvedi’s research is in the areas of  Leadership, Mindfulness, collaboration mechanisms in Teams

Professor Bart Clarysse

Bart Clarysse

Imperial College Business School 

Bart Clarysse Bart holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship at ETH Zürich, where he is a full-time professor and visits Imperial College Business School to teach "corporate entrepreneurship and innovation" in its executive MBA and various open and customized executive programs. Before he took his position at ETH, he was a Full Professor of Entrepreneurship at Imperial College. He is a founder of several high tech start-ups in businesses such as digital cinema, mobile internet, and venture incubation. Following his Phd studies, Bart was an advisor in technology policy at the European Commission and he still consults on innovation and technology matters for various European governments and agencies. He has over 50 publications in the field of high tech start-ups and managing the growth of these companies and has been an executive teacher for several corporates such as KLM, Belgacom, Panasonic, EDF, BP, BT, Finmechanicca, and Leo Pharma in corporate venturing and innovative turnaround strategies.

Become an Associate Alumni

Take your partnership with Imperial College Business School to the next level by becoming an Associate Alumni. Complete more than eight days (or 56 hours) of our programmes to claim 'Associate Alumni' status and join our active alumni community.

This on-campus programme accounts for 4 days worth of training time.
This virtual programme accounts for 35 hours worth of training time.

Key information

Duration: 4 days (on-campus)
Programme dates:
27 February -
3 -
Fees: £4,350

Key information

Duration: 8 weeks (virtual, part-time)
Programme dates:
20 April -
Location:
Address
Virtual, Study online
Fees: £2,950

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