Diploma Programme: Leading Innovation Excellence

Master your innovation career and become a certified Innovation Driver

Rotterdam

four 3-day modules

€ 18,500 (excl. 21% VAT)

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Drive sustainable innovation excellence in your organisation

Today’s organisations have started to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship for the purpose of their growth and renewal. As a result of this, large numbers of employees are being trained to apply numerous tools and techniques to aid in the execution of innovation projects and for the stimulation of entrepreneurial behavior. Furthermore, an increasing number of internal innovation professionals is, either formally or informally, taking up the role to support individuals and teams in the application of these tools and techniques. We refer to them as ‘Innovation Drivers’.

This diploma programme develops the skills of Innovation Drivers and innovation processes of organisations. It’s a unique combination of Change Management, Leadership, Innovation Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship tailored to the practices of innovation drivers.

Learning objectives

Our programme is designed so you can tailor it to your personal and professional development needs. After this programme, you will be able to:

  • develop a systemic understanding of an organisation’s capability to innovate and renew grow;
  • develop situational leadership when driving the organisations innovation competence;
  • advance your competences to improve and sustain your organisation’s ability to innovate and growth;
  • nurture a mindset for driving innovation and influencing the organisation towards innovation and renewal;
  • be able to make guided progress with a real-life challenge to improve the entrepreneurial capability of the organisation.

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Erik Wirsing, VP Global Innovation at DB Schenker

“The whole programme was like a journey. Maybe a little like a discovery trip of Columbus who set out to find India; I set out to learn new insights and theoretical models and then even ended up in a restructuring of my department and derivations for my entire company that I can personally influence.”

For whom

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This programme is specially designed for (Innovation) professionals that have experience with demonstrating internal entrepreneurship. Participants have experience with innovation, strategic renewal and/or (digital) transformation projects and and want to elevate both themselves and their organisation to the next level.

Roles that these professionals fulfill are for example:

  • Innovation professional or business developer
  • Innovation leaders
  • Intrapreneurs
  • Coach of innovation teams
  • Managers of innovation programmes and initiatives
  • HR professionals for innovation
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Digital Transformation professionals

This programme is applicable for professionals in larger organisation (>200 employees) from all disciplines and industries.

Course information

Find out more about the content of the programme

The 6 month diploma programme consists of four separate modules, earch of three days, where you will be trained in becoming a certified innovation driver. Each module takes on average 50-60 hours to complete (including the time you spend in classes).

Throughout the duration of the programme, you are encouraged to take on a personal Real-life Impact Project, which challenges you to directly apply your learnings and make real and relevant impact on your own organisation and role. For your Real-life Impact Project you will be supported by a dedicated academic and practitioner coach with knowledge and experience on your defined project.

Curriculum

The programme revolves around the three factors – Resources, Processes and Values – that affect what an organisation can and cannot accomplish (Christensen & Raynor, 2003). These factors are at the core of the programme and are incorporated into all four modules. The first module covers covers the essentials on how to drive systemic change and how the three factors affect organisational capability with an integral perspective. After the first module, each of the following modules dive deeper into the three factors and their implications for you to drive sustainable innovation excellence.

Content of the modules

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Working with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) you can expect a large variety of learning activities to enhance your learning experience. It consists of interactive masterclasses, personal training modules, lively plennary sessions, real-life cases and learning how to mastering the use of the latest innovation tools & technique to be able to drive innovation.

Module 1: The Essentials of Innovation Leadership
This module focuses on the fundamentals of the programme; how to drive systemic change and innovation and what is needed for this from an integral perspective (Resources, Processes and Values). In preparation of this module, you’ll receive the course book and the Entrepreneurship Scan to perform a quick scan of your organization’s innovation and entrepreneurial competence forming the basis for discussions (and real-life impact project) throughout the programme. Read more

Module 2: Developing Entrepreneurial People
What structure, processes and governance fit with your specific organisation to excel in innovation? How to manage your innovation portfolio and where to source your innovations? Setting up open innovation processes and learn how to collaborate with startups. Discuss how innovation processes are being evaluated and who is responsible for this. Review what actions should be implemented to improve the level of excellence of your organization’s innovation processes and governance system. Read more

Module 3: Developing Innovation Processes & Governance Systems
What structure, processes and governance fit with your specific organisation to excel in innovation? How to manage your innovation portfolio and where to source your innovations? Setting up open innovation processes and learn how to collaborate with startups. Discuss how innovation processes are being evaluated and who is responsible for this. Review what actions should be implemented to improve the level of excellence of your organization’s innovation processes and governance system. Read more

Module 4: Developing a culture for innovation excellence
Become an agile leader and learn how to facilitate transformational change and engage key stakeholders in the organization? Become aware of the informal vs. formal culture and values and learn how to build communities and social networks and how to leverage these. Get introduced to new techniques in facilitating discussions and making the ‘intangible’ tangible. Read more

Graduation Conference

When you have completed the programme, your Graduation Conference in Rotterdam marks your accomplishment and welcomes you into the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship alumni community. Invite your colleagues, peers and management team to engage them in your learning experience and celebrate this achievement.

Teaching Methods

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We provide the programme in such a way that it does not only provide the participants with theoretical knowledge and insights about entrepreneurship, but also equips them with the skills to put into practice gained knowledge right away. We achieve this through our teaching method, which is Experiential Learning. This method assumes that learning is an ongoing process of experiences that are transferred into knowledge. The method consists of the following four phases:  

 

Figure 1: Experiential Learning method.  

Going through these phases enables participants, by reflecting on the learning experience, to develop abstract concepts. Simultaneously, this method encourages them to initiate experiments to test the concepts that they developed. This learning method differs from more traditional learning methods in several ways. First, through experiential learning participants are expected to take responsibility for managing their own learning trajectory. Second, the learning process takes place in a larger sense than merely the physical space of the classroom. Finally, we believe that knowledge creation should take place along different paths; not just between participants and facilitator but through peer consultation as well. Therefore, we encourage participants to actively take part in the learning process. 

Personal real-life impact project

The personal real-life impact project is an experiential challenge within your own organisation. This is based on a comprehensive corporate entrepreneurship scan of your organization’s entrepreneurial competence, using the proven research framework of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Depending on your findings, the real-life impact project can be anything, such as designing/refining and implementing a new innovation tool, building/ revising incentive systems, setting up a new accelerator programme etc. Throughout the personal real-life impact project you will receive coaching from an academic coach and expert practitioner coach for project definition and execution. The Real-life Impact Project makes a true impact to bring your organization and your personal skills to the next level.

Webinars & quizzes

A number of webinars are planned between the modules. The webinars are designed for multiple purposes:

  • To receive brief updates from each participant and to capture learnings and questions;
  • to integrate those learnings and questions into the design of the upcoming module;
  • to prepare the participants for the upcoming module by means of a mini-masterclass.

Next to the webinar you continue to work on your personal real-life impact project and preparing for the upcoming module through concise video and reading materials (e.g. book chapters, blogs and articles) and accompanying online preparatory quizzes. Overall the webinars and quizzes are optional and serve to improve the quality of interaction during the module.

Case exam and graduation projects

The assessment of certification includes:

  • A published opinion piece: you will write an opinion piece on a selected topic and are required to publish this on an open discussion forum.
  • Individual written case exam: during the take-home exam you perform a case study analysis specific for Innovation Drivers. This is an open-book exam that draws upon the course materials and the in-class discussions.
  • A personal learning report: a concise description of and a reflection on your personal development during the programme, mainly based on your performance during the personal real-life impact project and supervised by your dedicated academic coach.

Facilitators

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Top academics and industry-leading practitioners as facilitators

This programme brings together practical academics and “Innovation Drivers” from different corporate organisations to provide the programme to train and facilitate participants. The programme is fueled by the latest hands-on insights from  innovation and entrepreneurship professors from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and international partner universities. This programme is developed in collaboration with industry-leading innovation professionals from organisations such as DSM and ING.

Prof.dr. Justin Jansen

Academic Director

Justin Jansen is professor of corporate entrepreneurship at RSM. His award-winning research and publications provide new perspectives into the roles of leadership, start-ups, organisational ambidexterity, corporate entrepreneurship, and new developments to improve long-term viability and performance. Justin is scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, and is on the editorial board of several academic publications. He is also a consultant, speaker, and advisor to various companies and government agencies. He has developed management training in how organisations can identify and implement new growth paths, strategic leadership, and to combine seemingly opposing forces such as innovation and operational excellence.

dr. Ferdinand Jaspers

Business Model Innovation

Ferdinand Jaspers is programme director at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. His teaching and consultancy activities focus on innovation leadership. Based on his expertise at the intersection of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, he teaches courses, masterclasses and boot camps on corporate entrepreneurship, innovation excellence and entrepreneurial culture. With a rigorous academic perspective, Ferdinand helps entrepreneurs move beyond approaches such as lean start-up, design thinking, business modelling and effectuation. Together with experts from DSM and ING, Ferdinand founded the ECE Innovation Leadership executive programme. He holds a PhD from RSM.

Angelique Plugge

Innovation Driver

Angelique Plugge is one of the initiators of the Leading Innovation Excellence Programme. As a guest lecturer, Angelique inspires our participants by providing her extensive expertise gained from working and learning in corporate innovation for multiple years. She now started her own company Xploremore where she uses her experience in innovation excellence and business model innovation to support others. In our programmes Angelique’s role is to work closely together with the participants to assess their innovation challenges, analyze and understand the root causes and work together with them when they create their plans to improve the innovation excellence of their organisations.

Arjan Rensma

Innovation Excellence Manager, DSM

Arjan Rensma is Innovation Excellence Manager at DSM and practitioner/coach in our innovation programmes. Teaching is the best way to learn and therefore he loves to share and learn from the participants.

Dates and fees

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Dates
The Leading Innovation Excellence Programme is taught in English, and comprises four modules, each lasting three days. The modules are as followed:

  • The Essentials (Government & Corporate) 29-31 January 2020
  • Developing Entrepreneurial People 9-11 March 2020
  • Developing Innovation Processes & Governance Systems 11-13 May 2020
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Culture 24-26 June 2020

Sessions start at 09:00, but you can join us each morning from 08:30 for a light breakfast. The day ends at 17:30. Each of the four modules has one day with a late finish at 20:00, which includes dinner.

Fee
€ 18,500 (excl. 21% VAT) for the four modules; a personal academic and practitioner coach throughout your Real-life Impact Project; the ECE Entrepreneurship Scan; preparatory webinars and quizzes; access to the online learning system; graduation conference, course book & materials, lunches, dinners, social activities.

General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

There’s no selection procedure for this programme. The only requirement is that you work in a role that is related to innovation management for an organisation of more than 500 people.

Location
The programme takes place at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Science Tower, 10th floor
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam

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The Essentials of Innovation Leadership takes place multiple times a year. The next programme will be held on 29-31 January 2020.

FAQ

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Who can participate in this programme?

All the modules consist of 3 days in class. Next to these, there will be some preparatory work for each module, and optional webinars. Furthermore, the participants may opt to develop and execute their own Real-life Impact Project during the programme with coaching from top academics and industry-leading practitioners.

How much time will I need to spend on this programme?

All the Programmes consist of 3 days in class. Next to these, there will be some preparatory work for each Programme, and optional Webinars. Furthermore, the participants may opt to develop and execute their own Real-life Impact Project during the programme with coaching from top academics and industry-leading practitioners.

What is the maximum number of participants that can join the programme?

The limit amount of participants is 15 as we seek for a highly interactive learning environment. On average most modules will have 10 participants.

Where will the programme take place?

All in-class modules takes place at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the centre of Rotterdam.

Sessions start at 09:00, but you can join us each morning from 08:30 for a light breakfast. The day ends at 17:30. The programme has one day with a late finish at 20:00, which includes dinner.

Rotterdam Science Tower, 10th floor
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam.

What is the fee for participating in this programme?

€ 18,500 (excl. VAT) for the four modules; a personal academic and practitioner coach throughout your Real-life Impact Project; the ECE Corporate Entrepreneurship Scan;  preparatory webinars and quizzes; access to the online learning system; graduation conference, course book & materials, lunches, dinners, social activities.

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

What kind of certification will I receive when I graduate from this programme?

After completion of a single module you will receive a proof of participation for that module.

Participants will receive a certificate from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Erasmus University Rotterdam, for completing the full programme successfully and comply with the certification requirements;

A participant must – within two years – successfully complete:

  • All four modules;
  • ECE Entrepreneurship Scan;
  • Personal Real-life Impact Project;
  • Case Exam;
  • A Personal Learning Plan;
  • A published Opinion Piece.

In what language will the programme be held?

All the Programmes will be facilitated in English.

The only exception is the first Programme for Public Organisations, which will be facilitated in Dutch.