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Duration: 4 days
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Fees: £3,999

Course overview

From Idea to Innovation – Inspiring Intrapreneurship is a four-day programme 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 ideas into commercial business propositions. Participants will emerge with a solid understanding of how to be entrepreneurial within their organisations and inspire innovation from others. 

Who should attend?

This programme is 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

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Day 1

Introduction to the programme and your learning journey
Anu Wadhwa, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School
What to expect from the programme, what are participants will get, what is the impact of the programme.

Innovation Dilemmas
Martin Hamilton, Futurist at Jisc
Martin will discuss how to think about the future and how we are fooled by forecasts and predictions. He will give a big-picture overview of the key forces shaping the future, highlighting why extrapolating these forces into the future can be misleading and why we should be careful about extending trends or data forward. The session will give the participants an overview of approaches to scenario planning. Martin will also lead a session designed to stimulate discussion about alternative futures and how to take a systematic approach to identify future challenges and opportunities

Innovation and Uncertainty
Anu Wadhwa, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School
Anu will give an introduction to what innovation is and why it matters. She 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.

Design Thinking for Innovation
Ileana Stigliani, Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at Imperial College Business School
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 module, you will learn about the main principles underpinning Design Thinking. Throughout the program, 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.

Network Drinks
Join your colleagues at the end of day 1 for a chat over drinks and canápes
 

Day 2

Design Thinking for Innovation (Continuation of the Design Thinking session from Day 1)
Ileana Stigliani, Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at Imperial College Business School

Visit Imperial College Innovation Hub at White City
You will meet with start-ups, understand the innovation process with organisations that work in the Imperial College Innovation Hub.

Day 3

Opportunity Shaping & Design
Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL
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.

Crafting an Innovation Narrative
Sankalp Chaturvedi, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Imperial College Business School
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.

Working in Teams
Sankalp Chaturvedi, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Imperial College Business School
Innovation cannot be developed alone in organisations and depends crucially on the well-functioning of teams. Sankalp will conduct a discussion on 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. The participants will be encouraged to apply the learning in the project teams.

Day 4

Understanding Innovations that change your industry
Bart Clarysse, Visiting professor at Imperial College Business School
In this session, the participants will discuss why innovation matters particularly when it disrupts industries. Bart will engage participants in thinking about different types of innovation – technology-driven, business model-driven, and user-driven – and the challenges each type presents for firms.

Commercialising Innovation
Bart Clarysse, Visiting professor at Imperial College Business School
Bart will present on different components of a business case, 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

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bart Clarysse, Visiting professor at Imperial College Business School
Bart Clarysse will discuss how corporate entrepreneurship is organized at a leading company in the automotive sector, based on an in-depth case study. Topics such as business model innovation, corporate acceleration, and incubation form the basis for the discussion. The case introduces also different trajectories of business case development based upon financial planning, lean start-up methods, and imagination.

Program Wrap-Up and Certificates
Anu Wadhwa, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School
 

Programme faculty

Anu Wadhwa

Anu Wadhwa

Anu Wadhwa is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the Programme Director of From Idea to Innovation - Inspiring Intrapreneurship 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.

Clare Brass

Clare Brass

Clare Brass is a designer and trainer with product design background and expertise in using societal and environmental issues as drivers for innovation. She set up and runs SustainRCA, a trans-disciplinary training unit whose aim is to embed sustainability across the Royal College of Art (RCA). She is a sustainability advisor for the Innovation Design Engineering Programme at the RCA, driving sustainability as a core criterion of the Programme and bringing together design and business students to embed design-led approaches to business development. 

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.

Marc-Gruber

Marc Gruber

Marc Gruber is currently Vice President for Innovation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. Marc has extensive experience in advising organisations on topics related to entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation. He is currently authoring a textbook on technology commercialisation and was the co-editor of a textbook on entrepreneurship as well as a regular contributor to a weekly column on entrepreneurship in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

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.

Martin Hamilton

Martin Hamilton

Martin Hamilton leads the future and emerging technologies team for Jisc, operators of the Janet network. His role is all about generating and channelling new ideas and building partnerships to bring them to fruition. He is particularly interested in the societal implications of ubiquitous robotics and artificial intelligence, and humanity’s emergence as a true interplanetary species.

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Duration: 4 days
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Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Fees: £3,999
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