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Managing for Innovation

Learn how to manage innovation, guided by experts from the leading triple-accredited Leeds University Business School and IBM.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Managing for Innovation

Why join the course?

Learn how to manage innovation, in this course developed by world-renowned academics in strategy and innovation from the Leeds University Business School and IBM. Understand why organisations need to establish an innovation process and manage innovation systematically. Prepare to lead innovation initiatives, by identifying challenges to innovation and types of innovation strategies. Explore key motivators such as open innovation and design thinking, and discover practical insights on how to drive innovation effectively within either an established organisation or a growing venture.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsSo the focus of this course is really about the practical application of some tools, techniques, process, organisation, and culture to be able to improve the way you drive and manage innovation in your own business or organisation. Well, I think anybody would be interested in this course. Anybody- an entrepreneur, somebody who's looking to develop a new innovation, but also big corporations, because big corporations need to know how to protect their innovations as much as small companies. Innovation normally happens through stumbling on some opportunity by pure chance. But what is the process of actually doing innovation inside your organisation? And that's where the focus actually needs to be.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsThe main takeaways from this course are to understand and manage innovation strategically, to learn from examples of how IBM manage innovation processes, and get familiar with a tool that will help to analyse your current innovation capabilities and identify any gaps. IBM is a disrupter. So we're doing new things like cognitive computing and IBM Watson, which is creating totally new ways of doing things. Been very disruptive across quite a lot of industries, actually. A lot of people talk about innovation and leave out the idea of creativity. And creativity is central to innovation. It's also co-creative, and it requires interaction with others, particularly with others with different mindsets and different ways of doing things.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 seconds I would expect that learners will move away from seeing innovation as a chance outcome. And they move more towards how innovation becomes systematised in their organisation and how they can do this. Once a learner has completed this course, I would expect them to be able to very clearly identify what an innovation is within the company, and also to identify what the risks may be to that innovation, so that they may manage it and protect it. There are lots of things you can do to, very practically and very quickly, improve the way innovation is driven in your own organisation. So they can take things away from the course and very quickly make a difference where they work.

What topics will you cover?

  • Identify obstacles, sources and pitfalls that affect successful management of innovation.
  • Differentiate between innovation in core business and transformative business opportunities.
  • Discuss why management of innovation is important.
  • Identify key enablers for managing innovation in core business.
  • Evaluate actions required in own organisation(s) for improving management of innovation in core business.
  • Describe the disruptive nature of innovation.
  • Identify managerial approaches to respond to disruptive change.
  • Define the concept of open innovation and the openness continuum.
  • Identify the different approaches through which open and collaborative innovation occurs.
  • Evaluate actions required in own organisation(s) for gaining value from open and collaborative innovation.
  • Reflect on the core elements of design thinking (DT).
  • Explore how design thinking can be used to foster innovation, with exposure to some tools and methods of design thinking.
  • Explain sources of corporate knowledge and protectable intellectual property rights.
  • Identify risks associated with knowledge leakage and IP infringement.
  • Explore proactive and reactive strategies for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Analyse innovation capabilities at own organisation.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Explain different types of innovation and innovation dynamics.
  • Identify strategic innovation challenges in organisations.
  • Explore core innovation and the key enablers required for successful innovation in existing operations, business and markets.
  • Develop managerial approaches to organise innovation processes.
  • Explore the key capabilities which support successful innovation.
  • Reflect on innovation responses in real case studies.

Who is the course for?

The course is ideal for anyone with an active interest or role in innovation management who wishes to improve their knowledge on the subject. It is aimed at employees and managers at profit and non-profit organisations of different sizes, ages and sectors. Junior academic researchers from the fields of science and engineering, as well as managers from public/governmental organisations, may also be interested in the course. The course is designed to be flexible so you can study at a time convenient to you.

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Who will you learn with?

Matt Mount

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation Matt is an expert in the area of open innovation and open strategy (http://business.leeds.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-directory/profile/matthew-mount)

Krsto Pandza

Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Leeds University Business School. http://business.leeds.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-directory/profile/krsto-pandza/

Tony Morgan

Executive Architect and Industry Technical Leader at IBM and RAEng Visiting Professor in Innovation at the University of Leeds. https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/885/Tony_Morgan

Tyrone Pitsis

Professor of Strategy, University of Leeds, UK. Expert in strategy in collaborative projects and design thinking. http://business.leeds.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-directory/profile/tyrone-pitsis/?

Liz Mason

Senior Teaching Fellow in International Business Liz is an expert in the area of Intellectual Property Rights http://business.leeds.ac.uk/about-us/faculty-staff/member/profile/liz-mason/

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

Free:

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  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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