Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking & Intrapreneurship

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Grenoble Ecole de Management


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Who should attend

Professionals who need to acquire necessary knowledge and tools to lead their companies/business units in adopting new models and processes:

  • Business unit and R&D managers;
  • Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs;
  • Corporate venture programs managers.

About the course

The Advanced Certificate in Open Innovation (Innovation, Intrapreneurship & Design Thinking) is aimed at professionals and managers operating in environments where innovation is a key driver of growth and competition. The program will enable participants to acquire general knowledge and practical tools to:

  • Understand the power of Open Innovation
  • Make effective decisions in terms of innovation strategy and management
  • Manage innovation at team, company and network levels
  • Apply design thinking techniques and crowdsourcing to foster radical, user-driven innovation
  • Implement intrapreneurship processes and corporate venture programs to transform ideas into new products, services and projects

Program Strengths

  • Interactive pedagogy and a hands-on approach
  • Lecturers from both academic and professional worlds
  • High international exposure with MBA-level participants from around the world
  • Field visits to leading companies and organizations to discover emerging technologies and best practices for innovation
  • Training developed by a triple accredited business school, ranked Top 25 in Europe
  • Delivered in Grenoble, a vibrant ecosystem built on the successful collaboration of cutting-edge research, innovative businesses and public institutions


Each intensive module is delivered on our Grenoble Campus over the course of five days. Participants earn 2 US / 4 ECTS credit hours.

Module 1: Innovation Governance

This module is devoted to the analysis of key issues regarding innovation in a globalized world. By understanding its impact on business strategy, managers will learn to exert their leadership and attain higher goals. The module will also address important concepts such as open and reverse innovation that can multiply the impact of innovation activities in a company. Inter-organizational networks and their governance systems will be introduced. The module will conclude with a session to explore implementation and execution strategies, offering practical insights on how to transform managers into innovation leaders.

Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the relationship between innovation and business strategies, and manage them effectively
  • Understand how open innovation fosters competitiveness and can boost a company's global leadership
  • Master key techniques to manage innovation and change within a company
  • Assess the potential of strategic alliances, plan collaboration between companies and participate in the development of ecosystems

Module 2: Intrapreneurship & Inside-Out Innovation

As part of the Open Innovation approach, managers have to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset to radically change how companies develop new business ideas. Old hierarchies are replaced by agile teams that create value through fast cycles and smart capabilities. The objective of this module is to learn how companies can leverage the talents of their employees by fostering an “intrapreneurial culture”, and implementing methodological and operational tools for corporate entrepreneurial strategies.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply best practices in corporate venturing and company incubators
  • Understand global trends in intrapreneurial paradigms
  • Discover how funding external business can be a strategic source of innovation
  • Inspire people with original ideas and engage them in the creation and development of innovative business models
  • Apply a systemic approach and an entrepreneurial mindset to identify new managerial practices and design a company-wide intrapreneurship program.

Module 3: Design & Outside-In Innovation

This module covers approaches that leverage external ideas and technology to foster innovation. It's designed for managers and entrepreneurs looking to learn creative methodologies for the identification and satisfaction of user needs. Participants will develop a specific mindset and acquire tools to work with creative people both internally and externally. They will gain confidence in their creativity and intuition. Finally, they will understand how to collect external inputs that are useful for an innovation[RS1] portfolio.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of external ideas in business and marketing
  • Apply a user empathy map in the design research and development stages
  • Master key steps in the design process
  • Solve business issues by applying methods traditionally used by designers
  • Use crowdsourcing to generate and validate ideas for new products and services


  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case study analyses
  • Pitching of entrepreneurial projects
  • Rapid prototypes
  • Business simulations

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