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From Idea to Innovation: Inspiring Intrapreneurship

From Idea to Innovation: Inspiring Intrapreneurship
Jun 9—12, 2020
4 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 3999 ≈USD 5003
GBP 999 per day

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This programme is a hands-on learning experience that will contribute to a mind-set change, inspire you to innovate in all functions and give you the practical tools to develop your ideas into a viable business proposition. The main objective of the programme is to understand how to become entrepreneurial within your own organization and to inspire your teams and colleagues to innovate together.

Programme objectives

  • Immerse participants in an innovation experience through an experiential journey which includes intensive workshops
  • Provide participants with applicable innovation tools
  • Allow participants to network across organizational silos
  • Learn to identify new business opportunities, craft a story around the opportunity, build the right business model around the innovation, navigate the organizational context and negotiate for internal resources

Programme content

Day 1: Innovation Dilemmas & Opportunity Identification

Innovation Dilemmas

Richard Watson 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 the scenario thinking methodology. Richard Watson will also lead a session designed to stimulate discussion about alternative futures and how to use a process developed with Imperial Tech Foresight to highlight future risks and future opportunities.

Opportunity Shaping and Design

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, led by Prof Marc Gruber, 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 frameworks that will help them to ask the right questions, and to guide them in this essential business activity.

Day 2: Design Thinking and User Centered Design

Clare Brass’ workshop will introduce delegates to the basics of design thinking and design process in a fun and interactive session. In particular, Clare will underline the value of a people-centered design approach to creating and developing new product/service systems. Delegates will explore design and ethnographic research tools and techniques to understand people’s needs, through storytelling and user journeys that can be applied to new or existing projects, making them into more desirable and more robust propositions that people will want to engage with.

Day 3: Intrapreneurship in Technology Environments Innovation Projects

Prof Bart Clarysse will present on innovation projects, what barriers do such projects face and how to take innovation projects back to business units.

Innovation: Types and Challenges

Prof Bart Clarysse will present on what is innovation and why it matters. He will engage participants in thinking about different types of innovation – technology driven, business model driven, and user driven.

Components of a Business Case

Prof Bart Clarysse will present the 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.

Day 4: Innovation Platforms and Organizational Context Platforms for Innovation

Prof Annabelle Gawer will lead this session which focuses on the power of platforms for innovation. We will address questions such as: How can you accelerate innovation using the power of platforms, and in particular digital platforms? What are platforms, exactly? What are innovation ecosystems? How can firms design and use platforms across the supply-chain to stimulate and coordinate innovation? Who is in your innovation ecosystem, and who are your “complementors”? How to define a platform business model that works for you? Through a combination of lecture, examples, and group exercises, participants will be exposed to these concepts, and get a chance to translate and apply them to their own organizational and industry context.

Navigating the Organizational Context: Crafting an Innovation Narrative

Successful innovation requires capturing the attention and generating the enthusiasm of important stakeholders. In this interactive session conducted by Prof Sankalp Chaturvedi, participants will learn to craft an “innovation narrative”, and develop the skill of creating an innovation vision and communicating it.

Navigating the Organizational Context: Working in Teams

Innovation cannot be developed alone in organizations, and depends crucially on the well-functioning of teams. Prof Sankalp Chaturvedi will conduct a discussion the participants of some of dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them. In addition, the importance of first meetings and the value of a team charter will be discussed. The participants will be encouraged to apply the learning in the project teams.

Who should attend

Managers from anywhere in the world, in any industry, who aspire to innovate successfully within their organisation and enable teams to innovate. You may well have a technical background but that is not essential, as we shall develop innovations in services and processes as well as in products.


Summary 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...
Summary Bart Clarysse holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship at ETH Zürich and is adjoint as a Professor to the Business School on a visiting basis, where he teaches in several executive programs and in the executive MBA. Before he took his position at ETH, he was a full Professor of Entrepreneursh...
Summary Markus is head of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department and academic director of Imperial''s Enterprise Lab. He is also the academic director of the Entrepreneurial Journey, Imperial College Business School''s experiential start-up programme across all on-site MBA programmes. ...
Summary Dr. Ileana Stigliani is Assistant 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 materi...
Summary Anu Wadhwa is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London and the Programme Director of the MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship in Management. Prior to joining Imperial College, she was on the fac...
Marc Gruber is Vice President for Innovation at EPFL and full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL where he holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC). Marc also acts as Deputy Editor at the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), the highest ...
Royal College of Art 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 Co...


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Jun 9—12, 2020
4 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 3999 ≈USD 5003
GBP 999 per day

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