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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  • Jane W: The program was excellent. The Professors and other staff were world class, as were the diverse, international executive participants. The course was stimulating and thought-provoking. A big plus is that I walked away with tools, templates, case studies and insights that I can readily apply back at work.

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  • Konstantinos S: Excellent program! The overall implementation, discussions, theory & practive provided a truly great result!

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  • Michael G: Phenomenal course of instruction led by top notch professionals in Charlie and Bill. Program managers Amy and Anne-Marie did a phenomenal job of ensuring the whole week progressed without a "hitch", while Raj and Duncan added their expertise to provide another dimension to what Bill and Charlie taught. I work for the Department of Defense and not in an actual civilian business, but can honestly say that a majority of the information is directly applicable to my type of work and enabled me to come to a paradigm shift in how I view innovation in the military. I can't say enough about what a great experience it was to be learn at MIT and share the classroom with the amazing, successful and intelligent classmates I was fortunate enough to have.

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

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  • Sam A: This course was incredibly thoughtful and informative, Bill Fischer is a world class instructor on the topic of innovation and teams.

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  • Pradipt K: As was highlighted at the start of the programme - Innovation depends on the Quality of Conversations. This was certainly a programme that drove this quality. The discussions inside both with professors and other participants was stimulating. Certainly an enriching experience.

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  • Nanae S: Highly recommend this course for people who have been considering how to realize innovation. Thanks to Bill, Charlie, Eric and Duncan's great facilitation, this course brought me deep insight about creating/capturing/delivering value for customers. The impressive findings to consider innovation are: never forget to review whether Customers recognize the value by my new services/products, and need to check whether new idea is ready to drive from a perspective of star model. My suggestion for this course is to add more various industries' case studies and more attendees' presentation sessions.

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  • Armin S: Having just finished the Certificate in Strategy and Innovation I am in a position to say that this was the best class I have attended at Sloan. The faculty, lead by Bill and Charles, kept us students on our toes, pushed us out of our comfort zones, always engaged in intense discussions or challenging exercises, deepening the insights gained from heaps of pre-reading. I even learned a new way to use my iPad to track and summarize meetings, which I use to this day. This was also the only class in which something of an esprit de corps developed due to the continuous interactions build into the curriculum. If you can only take one class it has to be this one!

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  • Mariusz A: It was a great experience and the insights from the course help me in my in solving my everyday challenges. Engaged faculty and contemporary case studies made the takeaways even more applicable.

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  • Deepak M: Overall, an excellent course, high in both content & delivery. Only suggestion I have is regarding the Case Studies -- great if a few from my industry (Technology) could be included. The passion & energy of the presenters was visible & infectious. Particular thanks to Bill, Charlie & Duncan.

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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.