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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  • 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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  • 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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  • H.Gabriel Ortiz A: The best class. Outstanding.

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  • Yong S: DSI class is a transformation learning experience for me last week. As a GM of high tech wafer fab with 650 people, I have been focused more on operation excellency. This classes teach me how to reflect and become a strategic thinker in analyzing value chain, developing core competency and bringing innovation to market effectively.

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  • Mary Ellen B: Charlie and Bill are fabulous course chairs, knowledgable, passionate, and engaging. The course is case based it follows an upside down classroom mentality with buzz groups and breakouts applying novel concepts. Game changer. You will love it!

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  • Shawn T: 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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.