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May 15—Jun 19, 2020
EUR 1500 ≈USD 1713


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About the course

Innovation in the Age of Disruption is an online programme that enables you to understand how to leverage innovation to respond to change, particularly change driven by digital transformation. The programme focuses on the people, process, and philosophy of innovative companies to help you develop your ability to innovate by generating more ideas and putting them into action. It explores the behaviours of innovation leaders, and subsequently the process of how innovators turn their ideas into reality. It also explains how leaders and organisations adapt their culture, structure and processes to make room for innovation. These insights are based on research of more than 400 businesses, including the world’s most innovative companies.

More specifically, the programme offers insights into ideation, design thinking, agile methodologies, and business model innovation. However, rather than offering these as fragmented approaches, this programme integrates these disparate frameworks into a single, end-to-end framework for testing innovative ideas, and enables you to understand how an organisation that is defined by and developed around execution can adapt itself to foster and drive innovation.

Whether you are caught in the middle of digital (or other) disruption, or you want to innovate within your organisation, Innovation in the Age of Disruption will provide you with a comprehensive set of tools to adapt to today’s VUCA world.


  • Understand the meaning of innovation and disruption, and learn about what kind of people lead innovation in today’s business world
  • Acquire the tools and frameworks to develop a process for innovation and successfully translate your ideas into action
  • Help your organisation foster innovation to forge ahead of competitors


Innovation in the Age of Disruption is an online programme delivered over 5 weeks that requires you to work on multiple levels. Each week develops one part of the overall the three following topics.


Each week of content follows a very clear path to facilitate learning for busy executives. The platform allows participants to learn at their own pace during each week, by viewing the content, completing assignments and engaging in discussions, taking on average 3-5 hours per week to complete.


Developing the ability to innovate by generating more ideas to solve business problems and putting them into action is becoming increasingly critical in building a competitive advantage for your organisation in this disruptive age. Skilfully applying this ability to your own business context will be key to navigating uncertainty, unlocking value and seizing the opportunities presented by disruption.

With this in mind, the Action Learning Project (ALP) will give you the opportunity to practise applying your learning to your own role. The ALP will take you on a step-bystep journey to become an innovative leader and drive innovation within your organisation.

Typically, the ALP will revolve around applying the tools and frameworks acquired in the programme to prepare an actionable plan to become more innovative as an individual (innovative me), drive innovation in key projects around your business context (innovative ideas to solve business problems) and lead innovation in the team and the organisation (innovative culture).

Working with the learning coach, you will design an ALP that is right for your personal learning objectives. For those attending the programme with colleagues from the same organisation, the learning coach can help you structure a more ambitious team ALP to collaborate and work on together.

There are 3 phases to the ALP process: First, you will identify an innovative idea as the focus of your ALP. Second, in subsequent weeks, you will apply the concepts from that week to your ALP, exploring your innovative behaviour and applying the innovation process. Third, you will synthesise elements from your weekly submissions into a coherent actionable plan for your innovative idea and submit it for peer review in the final week of the programme. All participants will review 4 other submissions and provide peer feedback.


The first step in this learning journey is to understand what makes innovative people innovative. Do they have innate creativity that makes them better innovators, or can a person be trained in innovative behaviours? We delve into research about the sources of creativity and innovation that help develop an innovative mindset.

  • Learn about our research into innovation leaders and what makes them great innovators
  • Develop the behaviours that help you become more creative and innovative
  • Help team members cope with uncertainty by crafting a vision that taps into their deeper motivations


What tools can organisations use to more effectively turn ideas into new businesses? We draw insights from lean start-ups, design thinking, agile methodologies and business model innovation to develop a single, end-to-end framework for testing innovation ideas.

  • Kick-start the innovation process by improving your ability to develop insights
  • Learn about the tools and frameworks to uncover the core problem you are solving
  • Use rapid experimentation techniques to test your ideas and assumptions under conditions of uncertainty


How do you lead innovation in an organisation that has well-entrenched methods for executing strategy? We show how to successfully lead an innovative project and adapt to the uncertainty it brings.

  • Learn how to be a better leader by complementing your decision-making role with that of becoming the chief experimenter
  • Set up your team to succeed in innovation projects by redefining the realms of freedom and instilling catalysts for motivation
  • Explore how to measure the success of innovation projects compared to projects performed in more certain, mature business contexts and the cultural elements of adaptive organisations

Who should attend

  • Professionals who want to build their capabilities to innovate, and translate these skills into a competitive advantage for their organisation
  • Executives who are impacted by digital disruption
  • Leaders who want to help their organisation become agile, transforming it into a vehicle of innovation

Trust the experts

Nathan Furr

Nathan Furr is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he teaches innovation and technology strategy. Nathan earned his PhD from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University and holds BA, MA and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University. He has held permanent or vis...


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