Idea to Innovation Programme

Imperial College Business School

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  • online, in person

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Imperial College Business School

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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.

About the course

Imperial Idea to Innovation Programme is a four-day course 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.

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

Programme content

Day 1

Introduction to the programme and your learning journey

What to expect from the programme, what are participants will get, what is the impact of the programme.

Innovation Dilemmas

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 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

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)

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

Programme content – Online

This seven-week virtual programme features 90-minute live faculty lectures with a Q&A at the end of each session. The sessions include engaging “try-it” and crowdsourcing features that help create an interactive, personalised and supportive learning experience.

Topic 1: Innovation and Uncertainty Learn about different types of innovation, the challenges and uncertainty they present for incumbent firms in terms of their innovation strategy and competitive advantage, and how firms can overcome these challenges.

Topic 2: Opportunity Shaping & Design Discover key elements that affect the types of business opportunities you are able to see (and not see), and learn ways to design and improve your opportunities through contemporary frameworks that guide you and help you to ask the right questions.

Topic 3: Design Thinking: Building your Digital Strategy - Discover Phase, Define Phase, Develop Phase, Feedback Design Thinking is a human-centered approach for solving complex problems and identifying opportunities to innovate. Learn how to apply it to solve your challenges, and see how this approach can help you innovate even in difficult environments.

Topic 4: Understanding Innovations that Change your Industry Discuss why innovation matters particularly when it disrupts industries. And explore different types of innovation—technology-driven, business model-driven, and user-driven—and the challenges each type presents for firms.

Topic 5: Innovation Commercialisation Discuss why innovation matters particularly when it disrupts industries. And explore different types of innovation—technology-driven, business model-driven, and user-driven—and the challenges each type presents for firms.

Topic 6: Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Learn how corporate entrepreneurship is organised at a leading company in the automotive sector, and about different trajectories of business case development based on financial planning, lean start-up methods, and imagination.

Topic 7: Networks and Innovation Networks are important for developing new ideas as well as getting them supported and implemented. Gain practical insight into how to build and mobilise your networks effectively to generate valuable new ideas and push for their realisation.

Topic 8: Innovation Narrative Successful innovation requires capturing the attention and generating the enthusiasm of important stakeholders. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to craft an “innovation narrative”, and create an innovation vision and communicate it.

Topic 9: Working in Teams Organisational innovation depends on well-functioning teams. Learn about common team dysfunctions and how to avoid them, as well as the importance of first meetings and the value of a team chatter. Then apply your learning in the project teams.

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Sankalp Chaturvedi

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 ...

Bart Clarysse

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 Entrepreneurshi...

Ileana Stigliani

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 materia...

Anu Wadhwa

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 facu...

Marc Gruber

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 ...

Clare Brass

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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