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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.

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 secondsI 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.

Who is this 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.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

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

  • 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.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you for putting this course together, I have found it very valuable and it has changed my views on approaches to innovation - in some ways, I recognise why there are frustrations in organisations when innovation isn't set as a strategic objective and/or isn't resourced. The course has enabled me to think about how I enable employees and other organisations I engage with to innovate using a variety of different approaches. This course has been professionally developed and delivered, thank you for all your hard work.

Rebecca Travis-Booker

Who will you learn with?

Matt Mount

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Matt is an expert in the area of innovation and strategy processes

Krsto Pandza

Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Leeds University Business School.

Tony Morgan

Executive Architect and Industry Technical Leader at IBM and RAEng Visiting Professor in Innovation at the University of Leeds.

Tyrone Pitsis

Pro-Dean (International) of the Business School and Professor of Strategy, University of Leeds, UK. Expert in strategy in collaborative mega-projects and design thinking.

Liz Mason

Senior Teaching Fellow in International Business
Liz is an expert in the area of Intellectual Property Rights

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.

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