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Approx. 19 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Arabic...
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Introduction: Why Everyone Wants Innovation But No One Wants to Change

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Reading
5 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Academic Theories of Innovation7m
Constraints Framework13m
Why Constraints Matter14m
Six Innovation Constraints13m
Reading2 readings
Constraint Diagnostic Assessment10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chapter 11m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 114m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Individual Constraints: Why Most of Us Are More Creative Than We Think

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Reading
7 videos (Total 69 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
The Paper Clip Exercise1m
Perception Constraints17m
Intellection Constraints9m
Intellection Constraints, Part 211m
Expression Constraints10m
Being a Creative Individual5m
Reading2 readings
Link to Diagnostic Survey #1: Individual Constraints10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 21m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 212m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Group Constraints

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Reading
7 videos (Total 67 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Information Versus Emotion Processing13m
Group Culture as Constraint14m
The Effect of Space on Groups6m
Process as the Key to Innovation9m
Overcoming Process Constraints10m
Leading a Group Brainstorm3m
Reading2 readings
Link to Diagnostic Survey #2: Group Constraints10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 31m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 310m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Organizational Constraints

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Reading
6 videos (Total 66 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Strategy as Constraint12m
Organizational Structure and Innovation11m
Overcoming Structural Constraints7m
Resource Allocation and Innovation15m
Measuring Innovation6m
Reading2 readings
Link to Diagnostic Survey #3: Organization Constraints10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 41m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 422m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Industry Constraints: If It's Such a Great Idea, Why Isn't Our Competitor Doing It?

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Reading
5 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Competition as Force and Barrier11m
Suppliers Don't Want Innovation11m
Market Constraints11m
Disruptive Innovations15m
Reading2 readings
Link to Diagnostic Survey #4: Industry Constraints10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 51m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 518m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Societal Constraints: Why My Innovation Means You Have to Change

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Reading
6 videos (Total 85 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Identity and Social Values14m
Protecting the Vulnerable13m
History as Obligation13m
Segway Case A16m
Segway Case B13m
Reading2 readings
Link to Diagnostic Survey #5: Societal Constraints10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 61m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 622m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Technological Constraints: How to Take a Really Hard Problem and Make It Completely Impossible

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Reading
4 videos (Total 55 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Physics of Innovation15m
Putting First Things First14m
Ecology and Innovation12m
Reading2 readings
Link to Diagnostic Survey #6: Technological Constraints10m
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 71m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 722m
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

When Failure Is Not an Option: Leading an Innovative Strategy

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Reading
10 videos (Total 104 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Driving Adoption Part A9m
Driving Adoption Part B8m
Leading the Innovation Process 113m
Leading the Innovation Process 29m
Improving Innovation Capacity in Organizations12m
Building an Innovation Portfolio10m
Leading an Innovation Team10m
Thinking Inside the Box8m
Nine Dumb Ideas About Innovation10m
Reading1 reading
Optional: Creative People Must Be Stopped, Chap. 81m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz No. 814m
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Top Reviews

By KKSep 14th 2018

Professor is clear and engaging. I like the format of presntation - stories and a clear outline/progression help make learning quick. practical application. just the right depth of knowledge

By TPNov 3rd 2016

Excellent! Perfect for new managers and those with in depth training that need best practices for dealing with issues on the front line.

Instructor

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David A. Owens, PhD, PE

Professor
Practice of Management and Innovation

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees....

About the Business Essentials for Managers Specialization

Learn to drive change, inspire innovation, and cultivate excellence with four practical career-relevant courses taught by some of Vanderbilt’s top business faculty. Each course is designed to accelerate your career trajectory by providing hands-on training in one of four key areas—innovation, finance and accounting, strategy and operations, and leadership—and every course concludes with a real-world project that will help you demonstrate your value and expertise to current and potential future employers. When you complete the Specialization, you’ll have the tools you need to position yourself for a promotion, job change, or any other growth opportunity. You will also be eligible for 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You will need to request the CEU certificate by contacting Vanderbilt upon completion: execed@owen.vanderbilt.edu....
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