The capstone for the specialization will provide a learning experience that integrates across all the courses within it. It will involve analysis of a situation concerning a new enterprise – a venture of one’s own or within a larger organization – to develop the current business model and compare against alternative business models so as to identify potential opportunities and challenges.
Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship Specialization
Innovate in a Connected World. Learn about frameworks to manage and innovate in uncertainty
About This Specialization
In a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, leaders require innovation skills. Thinking flexibly and developing an entrepreneurial mindset are critical to thriving in uncertain business environments. This specialization addresses how to recognize and question assumptions and constraints so as to identify and capitalize on opportunities. Innovation is needed within existing organizations and to found new organizations. Learning to change the rules of the game by creating innovative value propositions and discovering new market positions for sustained competitive advantage are some of the actionable lessons in this specialization. This specialization will be of value to both aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs as well as employees in established firms who are interested in becoming innovative leaders in an interconnected world.
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- Beginner Specialization.
- No prior experience required.
Strategic Innovation: Building and Sustaining Innovative OrganizationsCurrent session: Oct 15
About the CourseInnovation strategy is about creating unique value for consumers by delivering a great product that satisfies their needs and capturing value back from consumers. At the core of a successful innovation strategy is a great product concept. Produ
Strategic Innovation: Managing Innovation InitiativesUpcoming session: Oct 22
- 3-4 hours a week of study, including watching videos, doing the readings, and completing assessment
About the CourseYou may have noticed that what is new often behaves differently than what has become accepted over time, whether it is in a market, or a technology, or involves people and firms. Much research supports these general ideas, and this course builds on
Creativity Toolkit I: Changing PerspectivesCurrent session: Oct 17
About the CourseThinking and doing the same things faster and better is not enough; we need creativity. Fortunately, creativity is a skill you can learn. This course will examine when, why, and how we can be creative. It examines the cues that trigger us to consid
Creativity Toolkit II: Creative CollaborationCurrent session: Oct 15
About the CourseCreativity requires us to collaborate with others. This course is designed to make you a better creative collaborator. Creativity can require us to bring together knowledge from different areas, often known by different people. We need to foster e
Entrepreneurship I: Laying the FoundationUpcoming session: Oct 22
About the CourseThis course will explore the earlier stages of the entrepreneurial venture process across four modules. The modules will examine the nature of growth and error in entrepreneurial settings and how to manage resources in those settings. In addit
Entrepreneurship II: Preparing for LaunchUpcoming session: Oct 22
About the CourseThis course builds on previous concepts and outlines strategies and tactics for forming, financing and launching a new venture. Topics to be addressed will include building the new venture’s initial management team, identifying and reaching out
Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship Capstone
About the CourseThe capstone for the specialization will provide a learning experience that integrates across all the courses within it. It will involve analysis of a situation concerning a new enterprise – a venture of one’s own or within a larger organization – to dev
Alan J. and Joyce D. Baltz Professor | Sr. Associate Dean for Strategic Innovation
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Thomas E. Parkinson
E. Geoffrey Love
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