Innovation isn’t just about coming up with new ideas: it’s also about putting them into action. Over four days of Implementing Innovation, you will learn how to make innovation a process that can be repeated, sustained, and executed more successfully.
May 4-7, 2015
September 28 - October 1, 2015
Columbia University Campus, New York City
Includes materials and some meals.
Companies today are hungry for innovation. But companies fail to implement most of the innovations they invent, buy, or borrow. Many leaders and managers need not only cost-effective methods to implement product or process innovations, but capabilities for innovating which can be sustained and repeated.
Implementing Innovation is about both learning and doing. When you participate in the program, you will learn how to overcome obstacles to innovating, and you will start overcoming them. Implementing Innovation tackles the topic on a personalized level. You will work on a specific innovative challenge and engage in pre-work before the program begins. During the program, you'll work in small groups, and when the program concludes, you'll go back to your organization with an action plan. After the program, you can elect to receive continued support from Columbia Business School—checking in on your progress related to your company's innovative challenge.
Implementing Innovation is designed for upper- to senior-level management in organizations that have been unable to move quickly and innovate. Those in fast-moving, innovation-driven industries such as technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, consumer products or telecommunications industries would especially benefit from the curriculum.
Pre-program, in a phone interview with Professor Abrahamson, you will agree on an innovation you will refine and implement. During the program you will develop an implementation action plan with Professor Abrahamson, facilitators, and colleague consulting with other program participants. Post program, you will implement the innovation and have the option to review and redirect your progress with Professor Abrahamson.
-Learn how to perform an innovation audit within your organization
-Practice using the audit to identify ways to implement innovation and to improve yours and your unit’s ability to innovate
-Create a customized individual and organizational plan to launch, intensify, or redirect innovation in your organization or unit
-Draw support and ideas from a community of Reinventing Innovation program participants
-You will see how innovation can be integrated into an organization in many ways, but always effectively, sustainably, and with an eye on cost efficiency.
-Gain a new understanding of innovation that will help you move your company into an innovation-centric mindset
Upon completion of this program, you will earn four days towards your Certificate in Business Excellence.