Leading Innovation Excellence Programme

Rotterdam School of Management

How long?

  • 12 days
  • in person

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Rotterdam School of Management


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Who should attend

This programme is specially designed for (Innovation) professionals that have experience with demonstrating internal entrepreneurship. Participants have experience with innovation, strategic renewal and/or (digital) transformation projects and want to improve themselves and take organisation to next level. Examples of these professionals are:

  • Innovation professional or business developer
  • Innovation leaders
  • Intrapreneurs
  • Coach of innovation teams
  • Managers of innovation programmes and initiatives
  • HR professionals for innovation
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Digital Transformation professionals

About the course

Develop your career in innovation with the twelve-day diploma programme ‘Leading Innovation Excellence’ by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will develop the capability to drive for excellence in sustainable innovation within your organisation.

Drive sustainable innovation excellence in your organisation

Top academics from RSM and industry-leading innovation professionals from DSM and ING will provide you with the latest hands-on insights in management and leadership techniques that are tailored to the best practices of driving innovation; these include change management, leadership, innovation management, and entrepreneurship. The programme has a general introduction that covers the essentials of driving systemic change and how organisational capability is affected by factors such as resources, processes and values. Then we dive deeper into each factor and its implications for you and your process of driving for excellence in sustainable innovation.

Learning objectives

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship develops people’s entrepreneurial competences using the academic knowledge and network of Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the programme of Leading Innovation Excellence, you will:

  • understand the core elements – people, processes and values – for developing and sustaining an excellent competence in innovation
  • generate potential interventions by demonstrating the appropriate use of foundational innovation and entrepreneurship skills and techniques
  • explain how and why the development of an excellent innovation competence involves systemic change
  • show a long-term systemic and company-wide view of innovation competence and innovation culture
  • encourage others to practise entrepreneurial behaviour and drive the development of innovation excellence
  • Reflect on your personal leadership competence and performance as a driver of innovation, and develop an action plan for continued growth and development.


The diploma programme consists of four modules, each of three days at Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will take part in interactive masterclasses, workshops and peer-to-peer learning, supported by a mix of online materials, real business case studies, assignments and after-class discussions. Each module takes between 50 – 60 hours to complete (including the time you spend in classes).

Throughout the duration of the programme, you are encouraged to take on a personal Real-life Impact Project, which challenges you to directly apply your learnings and make real and relevant impact on your own organisation and role. For your Real-life Impact Project you will be supported by a dedicated academic and practitioner coach with knowledge and experience on your defined project.

Module 1: The essentials of innovation

Focusing on the fundamentals of the programme; how to drive systemic change and innovation, and what is needed for this from an integral perspective (resources, processes and values).

Module 2: Developing entrepreneurial people

This module dives deep into the topic of ambidextrous human resources. What consequences does this have for your personal leadership and your relations with top management teams? Discover personality types and learning styles, and how these can help you to compose the most effective entrepreneurial teams.

Module 3: Developing innovation processes and governance systems

What structures, processes and governance fit your organisation and can help it to excel in innovation? How can you manage your innovation portfolio and where can you source your innovations? Learn to set up open innovation processes and how to collaborate with start-ups. Discuss how innovation processes are evaluated and who is responsible. Review actions for improving excellence in your organisation’s innovation processes and governance.

Module 4: Creating and sustaining a culture of innovation

Become an agile leader and learn how to facilitate transformational change and engage key stakeholders in the organisation. Become aware of the cultures and values of informal versus formal, and learn how to build and leverage communities and social networks.


Justin Jansen

Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University Rotterdam Centres of Expertise Entrepreneurship Sustainable RSM ERIM Membership(s) Fellow ERIM (since 2001) ERIM Profile SSRN Profile Google Sc...

Ferdinand Jaspers

Dr Ferdinand Jaspers is the Programme Director at Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) where he is responsible for the expertise centre’s ‘Get Started’ programme, a pre-incubation programme for 100+ start-ups each year. Ferdinand holds a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management from Rotte...

Magdalena Cholakova

Magdalena Cholakova is an Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The research lines she is currently pursuing include: Entrepreneurial learning and early-...

Tom Mom

Tom J.M. Mom is a professor of Strategic Growth and Implementation in the department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship of RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam and was a visiting scholar at the University of Geneva at the chair for Strategic Management. He is also the academic director of...

Leading Innovation Excellence Programme at Rotterdam School of Management

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