Business Innovation Program

A virtual executive education program where leaders master the tools and behaviors of successful innovators

Create solutions that delight customers

Diagnose problems worth solving

Inspire employee passion

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Experience a taste of what the Business Innovation Program has to offer, learn from world-changing experts, and start your company's journey into business innovation.

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Create an Innovation System Within Your Company

Every company wants to be more innovative, but many struggle to teach their employees to approach problems with an innovation mindset. In light of the current pandemic, however, companies now have no choice but to be innovative as they face unprecedented challenges. The Business Innovation Program teaches leaders how to approach problems in innovative ways and develop an innovation system that can be applied to any problem your company faces. Our world-class coaches will guide your team as they practice these innovation skills by solving actual problems your company faces.

Master the Innovation Process

From incremental improvement to disruptive change, your team will learn how the innovation process can improve outcomes and change the course of your company’s future.

Diagnose

Define problems worth solving for customers. Anticipate and plan for impacts of emerging technologies and shifting market conditions.

Solve

Create solutions that delight customers using human-centered design and low-cost prototypes to validate innovations prior to scaling them.

Grow

Inspire passion to implement and sustain field-tested solutions that drive growth and a pathway to an invincible business.

Harness Innovation by Turning Knowledge into Action

Evidence-based approaches, processes and tools will help you generate ideas and execute for breakout successes.


Promote confidence in innovation by slicing big problems into small challenges that can be solved.


Follow expert guidance to master hands-on, actionable tools.


Fast-forward into the future to see how ideas will delight customers before making expensive commitments.


Re-ignite passion and engagement by creating energizing new solutions to implement.


Strengthen innovation capability even while working from home.


Pull together knowledge that’s distributed among your company and provide a chance for them to join forces to solve problems.


Work in small virtual teams to share a deep understanding of challenges and possible solutions.


Identify innovation opportunities that will drive business growth.


Ensure that current innovation projects are moving in the right direction.


Move ideas through testing cycles faster.


Breathe new life into innovation projects that have stalled.

Address Up to 9 Areas of Development

Collaboration

Develop collaboration capability to share and synthesize disparate ideas from various parts of the organization and blend them into coherent concepts

Capabilities

Build differentiated and integrated innovation knowledge, behaviors & abilities at every organization level making it impossible for competitors to imitate.

Learning

Place top priority on learning as a mechanism to continually evolve what people know, what they think and how they work.

External Focus

Focus outside four walls of the company to align entire workforce around solving problems and addressing needs for customers and end users.

Openness

Gain willingness to adopt ideas from anywhere, listen to all voices and bring diverse perspectives into all projects.

Diversity

Obsess over finding opportunities, encouraging diverse ideas, candor and debate, showing courage to act in uncertain conditions, and giving people wide latitude to explore.

Tools & Methods

Master innovation tool kits and methods, create time for practice, and receive coaching and feedback as projects move forward.

Mindsets

Get exposed to mind-opening insights and purposely engage in debates to expand world-views.

Foresight

Detect what’s coming over the horizon, discipline to develop to respond well to change and courage to react faster than competitors.

Give Leaders at Every Level Exactly What They Need

Give your leaders what they need to allocate resources, shape culture, master innovation tools, and support field research.

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Program Features

100% Online Course Platform

6 Unique Courses

Leadership Coaching

World-Class Expert Teaching

Community of Practice

Expert Faculty

George Day

Former Professor Emeritus of Marketing, The Wharton School

Paul Schoemaker

Former research director at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton

Alexander Osterwalder

Co-Inventor of the Business Model Canvas

Yves Pigneur

Professor, Management and Information Systems, University of Lausanne

Karl Ulrich

Vice Dean of Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Christian Terwiesch

Professor of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Mario Moussa

President, Moussa Consulting, Co-author, The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas, and Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance

Ralph Cummins

Faculty Leader, Penn State ISBM

Organizational Capabilities

Strengthen innovation capability as people continue to work from home

Pull together knowledge that’s distributed among your experts – a chance for them to join forces and apply collective knowledge

Work in small virtual teams to share a deep understanding of challenges and possible solutions

Find innovation opportunities that will drive business growth

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Program Roadmap

Part One

Become a Vigilant Leader

Learn to conduct disciplined searching and experimenting to seize opportunities faster than competitors; develop outside-in perspectives to overcome tunnel vision, shortsightedness, and willful blindness.

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Part Two

Master Design Thinking

Apply a human-centered approach to problem-solving and driving innovation through a Design Thinking methodology to cycle between thought and experience.

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Part Three

Empathy Tools: Study Customers

Research customer needs using ethnographic research, value proposition canvas, and customer journey mapping, to develop insights about unmet and latent needs of customers or users.

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Part Four

Generate Solutions

  • Learn to conducGenerate solution ideas using techniques to prompt creative thinking and conduct valuable brainstorming sessions
  • Help leaders leverage new ways to explore “what if” as a way to look toward the future

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Part Five

Prototype and Test Solutions

  • Use rapid prototyping and collect empirical data to evaluate solution viability
  • Test hypotheses at the lowest cost and with an aim to reduce risks as solution moves toward implementation

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Part Six

Inspire and Lead Change

  • Develop messaging that will inspire others to adopt and support proposed solution
  • Overcome factors that impede change (e.g. psychological barriers that stall or stop change initiatives

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