Corporate Innovation Certificate (Stanford Lead)
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Learn to navigate today’s corporate challenges while driving the organizational changes necessary to thrive in tomorrow’s business environment.
Stanford LEAD’s Corporate Innovation Certificate is an academically rigorous online program focused on developing the skills necessary to drive organizational change. In this yearlong program, you will learn how to overcome barriers to change, identify opportunities for innovation, and move initiatives from the idea stage to implementation.
Develop new frameworks and strategies to innovate in your organization.
- Acquire business skills to implement and accelerate transformation within your organization and become a more effective change agent.
- Gain insights across disciplines, including: finance, strategy, critical analytical thinking, negotiation, and design thinking.
- Engage real-time with Stanford GSB faculty in interactive, virtual sessions.
- Leverage personalized feedback to iterate on the job as you navigate real-world business challenges.
- Connect with a diverse community of highly engaged peers from around the world.
The LEAD Corporate Innovation Program curriculum: Eight in-depth courses. 200-plus hours of relevant content. One year of intense virtual, social, and global learning.
Which innovative ideas will deliver the greatest impact? How do you overcome organizational barriers to change? What will it take to move from idea to implementation? The Stanford LEAD curriculum is carefully designed to help you answer them all. Through a combination of key business fundamentals and innovation-focused electives, you’ll learn how to address the unique challenges and opportunities aspiring leaders face when trying to foster and implement change within an established organization.
Start With the Fundamentals
The Stanford LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation begins with three foundation courses in finance, strategy, and critical analytical thinking to give you the strategic business tools and techniques to accelerate change and transformation in your organization.
Customize Your Corporate Innovation Curriculum with Electives
After completing the foundation courses, you will select five electives to match your specific interests, goals, and business challenges — from design thinking and negotiating to building business models and overcoming resistance to change.
What to Expect
Stanford LEAD has a unique, collaborative, and experiential design that requires active participation, such as watching exclusive course videos, reading case studies, participating in interactive speaker sessions, and collaborating on small team projects. Through these connection-driven activities, you will be able to apply course concepts immediately, share learnings, and receive feedback from faculty and your cohort of peers.
The Corporate Innovation curriculum is rigorous. Expect to spend an average of three to five hours per week per course. While the eight-course curriculum is designed to be completed in one year, you may have up to 24 months to complete the program.
Earn Your Certificate
Upon program completion, you will receive a Stanford GSB certificate in two formats: a Certified Electronic version that may be posted on your social networks or shared with your employer and a frameable version. Additionally, you will receive 24 CEU’s, which can be helpful in meeting professional re-certification requirements or to qualify for professional development or tuition reimbursement programs.
Who should attend
- Mid- to senior-level leaders like you, who are committed to driving change and accelerating transformation in their organizations
- Collaborative individuals who are motivated to exchange ideas and implement feedback from qualified peers from around the globe
- Highly engaged leaders from large and small companies who are developing new products, services, or markets, or who are embarking on strategic pivots or cultural changes within their organizations