Strategy and Innovation

Driving Strategic Innovation: Achieving High Performance Throughout the Value Chain

Dates: Sep 07-12, 2014| Mar 22-27, 2015| Sep 13-18, 2015

Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation

Participant Ratings


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How do the most successful innovators generate more than their fair share of smart ideas? How do they unleash the creative talent of their people? How do they move ideas through their organizations and supply chains that are not only creative but fast to market? The answers to these key questions form the core of this program for business leaders and entrepreneurs who are determined to position their companies for future growth.

Offered jointly with IMD, this program will combine marketing, product development, technology assessment, value-chain design, project execution, and talent management in an end-to-end roadmap for achieving breakthrough performance. It will demonstrate how to build organizational relationships that facilitate knowledge transfer, both within the firm and across the value chain. Using a dynamic and integrative value-chain framework created at MIT, participants will gain the capability to position their organizations for future growth.

Join the MySloanExecEd Community Group for this program to network with past, present, and future participants.

Participants will leave this program armed with the knowledge of how to influence corporate culture, alter the way their organization responds to the challenge of innovation, and strengthen relationships with partners along the value chain.

This intensive learning experience will deliver long-term value, helping business leaders to:

  • Meet technology challenges, from R&D to manufacturing, project management to engineering
  • Link technology decisions with business strategy
  • Integrate product development, process developments, and value-chain strategy
  • Develop organization and supply-chain strategies to position the company for future growth
  • Leverage learning and innovation collaboration with customers, lead users, and suppliers, maximizing the value of research
  • Understand how technologies and markets evolve and how they are linked
  • Outperform the competition by generating breakthrough ideas
  • Cope with shorter product life cycles, while delivering greater customer satisfaction
  • Optimize sourcing and “make-buy” decisions
  • Integrate supply-chain design with concurrent engineering
  • Engage talent within the organization and across the value chain

This program is designed for senior executives and entrepreneurs who have significant input into the technology and innovation strategy of their organizations. Participants should play a key role within their organizations that gives them the ability and perspective to look up and down the value chain to appraise strategic technology options wherever they arise.

Business leaders who will take away the greatest value from this program:

  • CTOs
  • R&D directors
  • Other senior executives, and entrepreneurs who are responsible for technology, R&D, and supply-chain strategy, especially where coordinated technology development issues are essential
  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • CIOs
  • Senior executives in charge of innovation or new business development
  • Teams charged with planning and implementing innovation or value chain strategy

04:30 PM - 05:00 PMRegistration
05:00 PM - 07:00 PMInnovation Dynamics: Making the Jump
07:00 PM - 07:30 PMReception/Poster Gallery
07:30 PM - 09:00 PMDinner
07:30 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:30 AMLearning Synthesis
09:30 AM - 12:00 PMDSI Framework: Clockspeed and Strategic Value Chain Design
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 04:00 PMInnovation with Lead Users
04:30 PM - 06:00 PMCreating Innovative Cultures
07:30 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:30 AMLearning Synthesis
09:30 AM - 12:30 PMInnovation Models and Value Chain Capture: iPhone vs. The World
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 04:30 PMThe Consumer Decision Process and the Marketing Funnel
04:30 PM - 06:00 PMPrototyping Session
07:30 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:30 AMLearning Synthesis
09:30 AM - 12:30 PMValue Evaluation and The Value Extraction Architecture
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 05:30 PMLeading Innovation
05:30 PM - 07:00 PMPrototyping Session
06:00 PM - 07:00 PMIDEO Videoconference
07:15 PM - 08:15 PMDinner
07:30 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:30 AMLearning Synthesis
09:30 AM - 12:30 PMBecoming a Fast-Clockspeed Innovator
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 05:30 PMBuilding Innovation Partnerships
05:30 PM - 07:00 PMPrototyping Session
07:00 PM - 09:00 PMDinner
07:30 AM - 08:30 AMBreakfast
08:30 AM - 09:30 AMLearning Synthesis
09:30 AM - 12:00 PMLessons from Great Project Teams: West Side Story
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMParticipant Conclusions and Closing
01:00 PM - 02:00 PMOptional Luncheon



    Excellent teaching team and great motivation to learn by applying the "volunteer" approach. Valuable insights like the Star model or Double Helix. Highly recommended seminar

    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!

    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.

    The Driving Strategic Innovation program is excellent. The frameworks and tools which were presented and applied throughout the week are highly relevant to my industry. They provide me with a different perspective and broaden my horizon in solving both strategic as well as day-to-day business questions. Additionally, it was great to be able to take a course at a different business school while still earning credits towards the ACE certification.

    The best class. Outstanding.