Executive Health Innovation Management Programme

CBS Executive

CBS Executive


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Who should attend

To redesign a healthcare system fit for the 21st century we must change how its leaders manage innovation, define strategies, take decisions and implement them. The programme is aimed at leaders who want this to happen, - the senior executives in health providers, health professionals, health authorities, health insurance. Likewise senior leaders and policy makers from health industries (pharma, med tech, IT, etc.) who understand their key role in the innovation of the sector.

About the course

To redesign a healthcare system fit for the 21st century we must change how its leaders manage innovation, define strategies, take decisions and implement them.

Making innovation happen

Providing new insights and proven frameworks, the Executive Health Innovation Management Programme prepares top executives to face the demands of the evolving healthcare challenges—in Europe and beyond. The programme draws on the outstanding faculties of three top business schools to create an enlightening, academically rigorous, and highly practical learning experience.

Precision medicine, value-based healthcare, patient-centric care. These are just some of the innovations that promise to reshape healthcare in the next 20 years. But healthcare is only slowly and partially embracing such innovations. Why is this the case?

First, these innovations are not just new technologies or new ways of organising and financing healthcare – they require the combination of both. This makes them inherently complex and challenging. And because of this, these innovations cannot be introduced by single players in the healthcare sector. They require collaboration across healthcare value chains. Take value-based healthcare for example. This offers great potential to deliver high quality and affordable healthcare but it can only be realized through close coordination between multiple parts of the intricate value chain – technology suppliers, healthcare providers, and payers. The insight and expertise of all these players is needed to develop new value-based healthcare models.

Designing and delivering 21st century healthcare will need combinations of technical and organisational expertise from the public and private sectors to be brought together and work in close coordination.

Drawing on the latest thinking and real-life cases, EHIMP is probably the only international executive programme attracting participants from all parts of healthcare, guiding them towards greater innovative and entrepreneurial thinking to plan and deliver health services to meet emerging global needs.

"Very good programme! This is out of comfort and provocative!" Participant 2018

What drives innovation in healthcare today? Throughout the course we focus on understanding the key drivers of innovation in healthcare – how they offer opportunities for novel solutions and smarter organisation, but also bring risks for incumbent players. Examples include data-driven healthcare, the empowered patient, patient-centric care, digital connectivity from patients to pharma/devices and to care provider.

This programme will help participants to be true change agents and speed up this process of innovation.

The programme is offered by Imperial College Business School, UK and CBS Executive, Denmark in collaboration with IESE Business School, Spain.


For any manager in the health sector there is no doubt that innovation is key to the future sustainability of his or her organisation. Managers already face many challenges – changes in demographics, the explosion of new technology in the med tech, life sciences and digital sectors, the need to care for populations that enjoy longer lives but increasingly experience long term chronic diseases, the need for organisational and process innovations to improve quality and safety but also maintain affordability.

The focus of the EHIMP is to prepare leaders in the healthcare sector for the future and equip them with the knowledge they need to lead the changes in the existing systems and the development of new services and solutions.

The course is delivered in three modules, each lasting a good three days. These are based at Imperial College Business School in London (modules 1 and 3) and CBS Executive at Copenhagen Business School (module 2). Each offers a mix of class sessions which explore the drivers of healthcare innovation, the key challenges for their realisation and how to address them. We introduce you to the analytical and managerial tools that are needed. We include live case studies of practical implementation of healthcare innovations as well as company visits.

The three modules focus on inter-related sets of drivers:

  • Transformation of the value chain and its innovation challenges. Key issues include integrated care, patient-centric care, the new role of data, disruption by new players.
  • Digitalisation and its agenda for innovation in large firms and for entrepreneurs. Key issues include digital transformation from different perspectives, the role of start-ups in digital health.
  • Redesigning healthcare – the shared agenda of business and care providers. Building on lessons from modules 1 and 2, we explore the challenges and opportunities for transforming the healthcare value chain.

Class sessions are interactive and draw on the active contributions from participants on their own challenge and experiences.

A variety of learning formats

In addition to classes on specific innovation areas, each module has sessions on management and leadership skills, design thinking, corporate venturing and innovation implementation.

Throughout the course you will work on your own selected ‘executive challenge’, discussed and shared with peer participants and faculty.

Online components of the course assist participants by providing the basic knowledge and help them build the best possible learning outcomes. The course also provides access to key learning material within healthcare innovation such as key reports and research literature, and videos.

A major benefit of the course is the networking possibilities it offers among senior healthcare professionals from across the value chain, from Europe and beyond.

Executive challenge – bring your own project

The executive challenge gives you the opportunity to bring a relevant, real-time strategic, operational or personal business challenge to the programme and receive individual feedback and recommendations from a team of high-level peers. Participants tap into the knowledge, experience and networks of their teammates to develop an action plan. You also benefit from personalised support during preparation through a highly structured, facilitator-led problem-solving approach.

Key benefits

"Anyone who has been a part of this programme, I have been able to learn something from"

Participant 2017

Raise your game - Hone your knowledge and strategic thinking about healthcare innovation. Learn to align your corporate strategies with the latest global trends, identify new opportunities for innovation and address your challenges more efficiently.

Exchange insights with other leaders - Gain new perspectives through interaction with senior executives from all over the world. The exchange of insight, experience and vision will empower you to persuade and collaborate with others more effectively.

Build a strong international network - The EHIMP is built on interaction, collaboration and shared learning among the participants, and between the participants and faculty.

Reflect and improve your leadership style - Take a step back and revise what it means to lead.

Learn with minimal work disruption - The programme is designed to adapt to the top executives busy timetables.


Julia Prats

Julia Prats is Professor and head of department of Entrepreneurship, and holder of the Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship at IESE. Prof. Prats’s primary area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, which includes the identification, evaluation and implementation of opportunities in...

Jaume Ribera

Jaume Ribera is professor of operations management at IESE Business School and holds the Novartis Chair on Operational Excellence in Healthcare. He was also awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in the US. Prof. Ribera holds an M.Sc. in operations research and a Ph. D. in math...

James Barlow

Summary I have been a Professor of Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare) at Imperial College Business School since 2003. I was co-founder of the Innovation Studies Centre, and from 2006-2013 I was Principal Investigator and a director of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and...

Magda Rosenmöller

Areas of Interest Health policy and European health policy and research Operational issues in the health sector Health information systems and eHealth Health systems and reforms in developing countries Capacity building in the health sector Other health sector management issues at the macro and ...

Javier Zamora

Areas of Interest Digital Transformation of Organizations Impact of Digital Density on Business Models Mobility Strategy Big Data Internet of Things Artificial Intelligence Consumerization of IT Digital Media Innovation Javier Zamora is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatio...

Finn Valentin

Finn Valentin is professor at Copenhagen Business School where he directs its Research Centre on Biotech Business. He is the Director of the MSc program on Innovation in Health care and of the MSc program on BioBusiness and Innovation. Finn Valentin’s research is about science-based firms innovat...

Karsten Vrangbæk

Karsten Vrangbæk is professor at the Political Science and Public Health Department and Director of Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) at the University of Copenhagen Primary fields of research Karsten Vrangbæk is involved in a number of research and educational activities within th...

Celia Moore

Celia Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Her current research investigates the unanticipated causes and consequences of corruption and unethical behaviour. In particular, she is interested in how organizational con...

Rudi Westendorp

Rudolf Gerardus Johannes (Rudi) Westendorp (Huizen, 9 juni 1959) is hoogleraar ouderengeneeskunde in Leiden Westendorp studeerde geneeskunde aan de Universiteit Leiden en specialiseerde zich daar ook tot internist. Hij promoveerde in 1993 aan de Leidse universiteit en werd er in 2000 benoemd tot...

Ab Klink

Abraham (Ab) Klink (born 2 November 1958 in Stellendam) is a former Dutch politician of Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He was Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet. He is since 2011 part-time professor at the Free University Amsterdam and became Member of the ...

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