Driving Strategic Innovation: Achieving High Performance Throughout the Value Chain

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This joint program with IMD helps business leaders successfully manage innovation from concept to commercialization. Drawing on a dynamic and integrative value chain framework created at MIT, participants learn how to build organizational relationships that facilitate knowledge transfer, both within the firm and across the value chain.

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  • Heinz B: This program provides the challenges, answers, professional tools and values needed to drive breakthrough innovations in technology and operations management, and it delivers on a world-class level.

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  • Ron W: The full week of participant interaction was excellend and really added to the overall learning experience.

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  • Pedro Alberto Gómez R: The content of the program is really focused on innovation issues that matter to organisations today.

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  • Mark S: The strategies and take-aways can be taken directly into the field and applied.

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  • Cristóbal Perán E: Great program to cover the basics about innovation.

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  • Robert P: I got at least as much from my group discussions as I did from the lectures. Even so, it seems there was over reliance on the students. It would be an improvement to cut back on the learning synthesis drills and increase the variety of lectures during those time slots. Don't do away with the groups discussions, but cut back, including the prototyping sessions, to increase lecture scope (not depth). The variety of students was excellent. The amount of reading was reasonable and provided benefit in most cases, though some articles were only briefly mentioned, which was a bit frustrating. The guest lecturers were especially good. Session duration between breaks were mostly good. The 2 hour Friday am session was a bit long. I especially enjoyed the visit to the media lab. While I appreciate the related briefing presented later, it would have been better to have that briefing for pre-reading. I found the iPads useful and I believe better than writing notes or carrying a binder. It would help to have a read me file or intro briefing for first time iPad users like me. It was frustrating that several presentations were uploaded during or after the related lectures rather than before. The student info book is helpful, but it would have been nice to have the contacts files reflect the latest info and photos same as the info book. The facilities and environment were great. Keeping us together and in one place as much as possible during the day and evenings was very beneficial for sharing lessons learned and new questions.

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  • Wakaki M: This program provided me with many hints and inspiration that give confidence in decision making processes. Now I can visualize the direction of organizational change for more innovative culture, the deployment of suitable leaders in each innovation phase, and the target models of each innovation in view of value chain.

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  • Khalid Al S: It has an impact on my personal life.. knowledge is your key to success choices..

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  • Charlotte R: Excellent program that gives a broad view, deep insight to this topic with excellent hands-on examples. Thanks to the outstanding teachers and amazing group of engaged participants innovation was driven directly in the class room. A program that most likely will let you return profoundly changed.

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  • Gary H: Overall the course was an outstanding experience. While many of the examples do not directly apply to my business all of the principles will be helpful. The instructors were knowledgeable and helpful. The learning atmosphere and class execution were excellent. Strengths: Discussion of successful teams. Star business model discussion. IDEO innovation team lessons. S curve analysis. Daily student prepared exercises. Interaction with leaders from a wide variety of international businesses. Red Sox game was a great experience with the international audience. Specific suggestions: Some of the readings could be more up to date since the businesses have changed since the articles were written. When discussing case studies, I suggest pushing the students to recommend more detailed solutions. Many times after a brief discussion we moved on without much assessment of solutions or fully understanding the actual solution that was applied. Again, overall I enjoyed the class and have taken away many good ideas that I can apply in my work.

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Participant Testimonial

"Fantastic experience! Extreme learning environment with lots of high level thinking compressed into a very short time period. Not easy to digest it all, but that's the point - we have it to draw on as we digest it and apply the learning over time." -Shawn T.

Learning the Art of Driving Innovation

"As digital technologies disrupt businesses everywhere, IT chiefs are increasingly drawn to academic programs that promise to hone their abilities to lead business-changing innovation," reports Global Intelligence for the CIO in this article featuring the Driving Strategic Innovation program and Bill Fischer.

Featured Faculty

Charles H. Fine teaches operations strategy and supply chain management and directs the roadmapping activities in MIT's Communications Futures Program. His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular emphasis on fast clockspeed manufacturing industries.