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Leading Strategic Innovation: How to Lead with Purpose

Discover the importance of strategic thinking, innovation, and purposeful leadership when dealing with change.

Leading Strategic Innovation: How to Lead with Purpose

This course is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Entrepreneurship.

Refine your leadership purpose and learn how to innovate through change

Change is inevitable in both your personal and professional life. Although sometimes unexpected, it offers an opportunity to improve and innovate. On this course, you will investigate the nature of change and learn about the concept of strategic innovation.

You will critically reflect on your past experiences of change to understand how you deal with it. You will also explore your own leadership capabilities. By identifying areas of strategic innovation, you will learn how to make a positive difference during times of change and growth.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsSTEVE JAYNES: Change is sweeping through our lives at an unprecedented pace. With every change comes new opportunities. But how do organisations respond to and develop their capabilities to pursue those opportunities? This is the task of leaders who need to unpick the complexity of change, and use this knowledge to decide where and how to innovate. Hello, I'm Steve Jaynes, the course director for the Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship at Deakin University. Understanding the dynamic interplay of innovation and change draws on key tenets of our knowledge and application of strategy. We'll explore key concepts and tools for analysis and decision making around change. We'll also help you identify and define your leadership purpose.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsThese tools will help you identify optimal strategic directions for growth and profitability, and innovations that will best enable those strategies. We look forward to sharing with you some of our latest thinking on the strategic, organisational, and leadership capabilities that will help you lead and innovate through change.

What topics will you cover?

  • Personal experience of change
  • Leadership and strategic purpose
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strategic drift
  • Organisational change
  • The playing to win model

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 25 March 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the concept and practice of strategic thinking.
  • Develop your understanding of change at a personal level.
  • Identify and define your leadership purpose.
  • Investigate strategic drift and the nature of change.

Who is the course for?

This course will be of interest to anyone looking to lead and be innovative in their organisation or society.

Who will you learn with?

Steve Jaynes

Steve has over 20 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in the fields of business strategy, leadership, organisational culture, innovation and change management.

Matt Mount

Dr Matt Mount (Ph.D) is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Deakin Business School. He is an expert in the area of strategy and innovation processes.

Joan Lockyer

I am the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University. I have been an enterprise educator for over 15 years and worked in industry.

Gideon Maas

Prof Maas is the Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University. Has broad international business and academic experiences in various countries.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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