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Cambridge, MA

Innovation Ecosystems: A New Approach to Accelerating Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

November 7-8, 2017

NEW for 2017

Innovation is a driver of productivity, competitive advantage, and enterprise value. But it does not happen in a vacuum. Innovation requires connections, just as entrepreneurship does, among key stakeholders?entrepreneurs, universities, risk capital providers, government, and large corporations. These connections are increasingly taking place in ?innovation ecosystems? and through programs such as accelerators, hackathons, prize competitions, and co-working spaces in which stakeholders and communities contribute and share resources (e.g., talent, ideas, infrastructure, money, and connections).


How can leaders harness the power of these open innovation ecosystems around the globe or in a specific region of interest for their organizations? If you are a business or government leader interested in engaging in an innovation ecosystem to find talent, ideas, and entrepreneurial ventures, this new program will provide you with the tools and frameworks necessary to take externally focused innovation and entrepreneurship activities to the next level at your organization.

Drawing on recent MIT research, this highly practical program helps leaders:

  • Understand why innovation is a challenge in their organization
  • Assess and identify the innovation hub(s) with which to engage (e.g. Boston, Israel, London, Berlin, etc.)
  • Consider how best to engage in these ecosystems?via hackathons, accelerators, venture competitions, etc.
  • Develop new organizational practices to break down internal silos and the ?fortress mentality? and shift toward a more open innovation ecosystem framework
  • Identify what their organization wants from the ecosystem?and what they can give back to it, with metrics that can track such changes


Participants in the program need not aim to become corporate entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs themselves, but they should want to understand?as leaders and managers?how to access external innovation and entrepreneurship from the ecosystem and accelerate internal innovation and corporate entrepreneurship.

This course is designed for executives in both public and private sectors, ranging from senior managers and corporate entrepreneurs to C-suite executives and future leaders. The program will also be of value to entrepreneurs, regional development officers, investors, and government policymakers.


Participants must be interested in encouraging innovation in their organizations or regions, especially through leveraging innovation ecosystems. Participants from both developed and emerging markets are encouraged to attend.

Cambridge, MA

Developing a Leading Edge Operations Strategy

November 9-10, 2017

Enterprises are becoming increasingly global, with supply chains and manufacturing processes spanning oceans and continents. To navigate the global marketplace, senior managers need to know how to plan the most efficient use of material resources, as well as manage more complicated global networks and optimize service and quality. This program will draw on real issues confronting manufacturing and service companies today to provide a strategic framework for making the kinds of major decisions every company faces.

In this program, senior managers will learn new approaches to operations strategy that were developed at MIT and based on best-practice research conducted among the world's leading manufacturing companies. Participants will gain an analytic view of operations and strategic insights into:

* Vertical integration and the factors that affect strategic decisions
* Outsourcing, supplier power, and trends in supplier management
* Global facility network strategies and the future of supply chain management
* Strategic implications of process technologies
* Capacity and risk management, including capacity factors, supply and demand management, and the role of services
* How to survive in a world of outsourcing, and how to decide whether and where to go

This program is best suited for senior managers from manufacturing and service industries who are responsible for developing and executing operations strategy, including:

* COOs
* Strategic planners
* VPs of business strategy, operations, supply chain management, services, and product development; Operations general managers
* Senior project and program executives

in operations management. His latest book, Operations Leadership was published in 2007.

Cambridge, MA

Leadership by Design: Innovation Process and Culture

November 9-10, 2017

Leadership by Design will help both individuals and teams understand and practice human-centered design. Participants in this program will learn both strategic and hands-on techniques for structured exploration through prototyping. They will also learn how to enable an action-based organizational culture in which empathy is generated, trial and error is encouraged, and failure is celebrated as a source of learning, all resulting in successful innovation. It is intended to introduce the concepts of human-centered design to individuals and teams who are not already familiar with these design-based concepts and their application.


Drawing on the resources of MIT?s Integrated Design & Management curriculum and its new Integrated Design Lab (ID Lab), this program combines the inspired, intuitive methods taught in the world?s best design schools with the systematic, analytical methods for which MIT is world-renowned. This program is led by Matthew S. Kressy, creator and Director of Integrated Design & Management (IDM).


Course content includes:


  • Discussions on expression and culture
  • Field exercises in observation, exploration, and user empathy
  • Lectures on concept generation
  • Studio exercises in persona development and storytelling
  • Lectures and case studies pertaining to design leadership
  • Hands-on sketch modeling and rendering exercises
  • Functional prototyping workshops
  • Opportunities to build, test, and iterate prototypes in teams
  • Concluding discussions on process and leadership

The tools presented in the program can be applied to any range of human-centered innovation problems and opportunities including products, services and social/societal challenges.


By applying a design-centered approach to leadership, you?ll be able to conceive of radically innovative solutions to multifaceted problems, create a vision that gets buy-in from senior management and colleagues, avoid hazards, and create solutions that people love both emotionally and intellectually.

Cambridge, MA

Developing a Leading Edge Operations Strategy

November 9-10, 2017

Enterprises are increasingly complex, with supply chains, manufacturing, and service delivery processes spanning cultures and time zones, geographies and geopolitical situations. To navigate this intricate world filled with new and different kinds of risk, executives need to know how to make the most efficient use of a company?s material, people, and processes; how to manage more complicated global networks; how to optimize service and quality levels of performance; and how to minimize risks yet maintain required capacities. This program will draw on real issues confronting manufacturing and service companies today, providing strategic frameworks to enable executives to make smart choices so their companies can deliver the high-quality products and services they are committed to providing their customers.


Many participants attend this program along with Supply Chain Strategy and Management.

In this program, senior managers will learn new approaches to operations strategy that were developed at MIT and based on best-practice research conducted among the world's leading service and manufacturing companies. Participants will gain an analytic view of operations and strategic insights into:


  • Vertical integration and the factors that affect strategic decisions
  • Process design and process engineering
  • Integration of people systems with technical systems
  • Global facility network strategies and the future of supply chain management
  • Strategic implications of process technologies
  • Capacity and risk management, including capacity factors, supply and demand management
  • Outsourcing, supplier power, and trends in supplier management

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November 10, 2017

Systematic Innovation of Products, Processes, and Services

November 13-17, 2017

Design and development projects today face a complex landscape of interrelated challenges, including technological feasibility, customer desirability, business viability, and environmental sustainability. This program explores the process of systematic innovation in product development, business processes, and service design, with a special focus on the end-to-end design and development process, beginning with creation and ending with commercialization and ongoing product/service lead­ership.

The program introduces a structured approach to design and customer analysis processes that draws on important trends that have become essential to successful innovation in today's businesses: the digitization of all business processes; the blending of product and service into integrated solutions; considerations around environmental sustainability; and the use of globally-distributed teams.

Participants will learn how to lead these innovation processes in a fluid world where the best-made assumptions can, and often do, change midstream. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss these frameworks and apply them to their own personal responsibilities and experiences.

The concepts and frameworks covered in this program will enable participants to understand:

  • Why the process of innovation can be systematic?structured, reliable, and repeatable
  • When it makes sense for entrepreneurial firms to compete directly with established firms
  • How to evaluate market opportunities and identify customer needs in a systematic way
  • What actions you must take to capture some of the value you create with new products and services
  • How to structure an effective concept development process
  • How design iterations, project milestones, and reviews can be used to manage  a staged or spiral process
  • How products and processes can be designed for environmental sustainability
  • How design of services differs from new product development 
  • What is the impact of Generation Y employees on the creative process

Cambridge, MA

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation

November 14-15, 2017

Every great innovator, from Jeff Bezos to Steve Jobs, excels at asking the right questions. Day-in and day-out they seek provocative new insights by getting out of their offices and into the real world, actively observing, networking, and experimenting to generate valuable new ideas. By doing so, they improve our lives and grow our economy, finding new solutions to the most challenging problems we face. Innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs act differently to think differently and, in the end, they make a significant impact.

Building on hundreds of interviews and more than ten thousand survey assessments, Gregersen delivers unique insight into the behaviors of extraordinary, and often disruptive, innovators. Participants of this new program will learn and practice important discovery skills that lead to new innovations ranging from product improvement to new market creation, to generate valuable, new economic growth.

These key innovation skills include:

  • Questioning the status quo
  • Observing the world like anthropologists
  • Networking with diverse people to get new ideas
  • Experimenting in small, fast, and cheap ways to reach novel solutions
  • Connecting typically unconnected insights to deliver disruptive new business ideas

To put these skills into practice, participants will identify an individual challenge for which they seek a solution and commit to innovating around that challenge throughout the two days. They will also engage in a personal diagnostic assessment to better understand their own innovation and execution focused leadership skills.

This highly interactive program will help participants:


  • Gain deeper insight into their unique innovation skill strengths
  • Build questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting capabilities to surface new ideas and value-creating innovations
  • Practice questioning skills intensively through individual and group exercises
  • Apply skills to a real individual challenge
  • Evolve their existing corporate culture to better foster these five skills

Cambridge, MA

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation

November 14-15, 2017

Every great innovator, from Jeff Bezos to Steve Jobs, excels at asking the right questions. Day-in and day-out they seek provocative new insights by getting out of their offices and into the real world, actively observing, networking, and experimenting to generate valuable new ideas. By doing so, they improve our lives and grow our economy, finding new solutions to the most challenging problems we face. Innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs act differently to think differently and, in the end, they make a significant impact..


Building on hundreds of interviews and more than ten thousand survey assessments, Gregersen delivers unique insight into the behaviors of extraordinary innovators. Participants of this new program will learn and practice important discovery skills that lead to new and disruptive innovation, ranging from product improvement to new market creation, to generate valuable, new economic growth.


These key innovation skills include:


  • Questioning the status quo
  • Observing the world like anthropologists
  • Networking with diverse people to get new ideas
  • Experimenting in small, fast, and cheap ways to reach novel solutions
  • Connecting typically unconnected insights to deliver disruptive new business ideas

To put this innovation strategy into practice, participants will identify an individual challenge for which they seek a solution and commit to innovating around that challenge throughout the two days. They will also engage in a personal diagnostic assessment to better understand their own innovation and execution focused leadership skills.

This highly interactive program will help participants:


  • Gain deeper insight into their unique innovation skill strengths
  • Build questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting capabilities to surface new ideas and value-creating innovations
  • Practice questioning skills intensively through individual and group exercises
  • Apply skills to a real individual challenge
  • Evolve their existing corporate culture to better foster these five skills

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