Leading Innovation: Creating a Dynamic Organization

This Carnegie Bosch Institute program helps executives master innovation as a strategic imperative for competitive advantage, thus, leading innovation and creating a dynamic, sustainable organization.


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Date: October 27 - 29, 2015


Location: Carnegie Bosch Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 


Fee: $4,100


Companies sending three or more participants, organizations with fewer than 500 employees, non-profits, and the government sector receive a 10 percent discount.  


For questions, please contact the program coordinator at +1-412-268-7344 or cbi@andrew.cmu.edu.


Change is happening at rapid speed. Leaders must continually reinvent products and services and build with agile development to keep up with constantly changing market demands. Mastering innovation is a strategic imperative for competitive advantage. In Leading Innovation: Creating a Dynamic Organization, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the processes, methods and tools of lean innovative thinking and how it ties to innovation strategy. The program helps participants deal with the challenges of creating an innovation culture. The participants will better understand the people factor of innovation in teams, including harnessing the innovation potential and tapping into the right people as critical enablers for innovation. This highly interactive program is delivered by expert faculty who teach with proficiency as entrepreneurs and innovation process consultants.

  • Curriculum

    In this three-day program, participants learn effective approaches to enabling lean innovative thinking and managing a culture of innovation. The following topics will be covered:
    • Principles, processes, and tools of lean innovative thinking
    • Building products and services with agile development
    • Engaging customer discovery and the customer development model
    • The science of growth and modeling the business canvas
    • Parallel thinking
    • Culture of innovation
    • The people factor and innovation in teams

    Leading Innovation: Creating a Dynamic Organization puts a focus on the human element and people dynamic that drive successful innovation. Participants will acquire self-awareness of their own behaviors and preferences while leading innovation. They will develop an understanding of the behaviors, emotions, and motivations of others as they are impacted by the resulting forces of change.

    The program enables leaders to create a new mindset for innovation and align the concepts from the sessions with their organization’s culture. With a variety of tools and resources, participants will be able to develop a personal action plan in order to immediately tackle the innovation challenges of their organizations and involve the right people in the innovation process.

  • Participants

    Leading Innovation: Creating a Dynamic Organization is designed for anyone responsible for, or involved in, the development of new ideas, products, or processes.

    Recommended participants include:

    • Mid- to senior-level executives and managers who want to more effectively lead innovation in themselves and in their teams
    • Professionals and project teams from a wide variety of functional areas, including product and business development, marketing, engineering, R&D, corporate strategy, finance, and human resources
    • Executives and managers from companies in quickly-changing industries, including manufacturing, services, technology, and consumer products

    Enrollment is limited to 36 participants. This ensures a productive and interactive learning atmosphere, providing a high return on your investment. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basic, so register early.

    To maximize the impact of the program across your organization, we encourage cross-functional teams to participate. A 10% discount is available to companies sending three or more participants.

  • Faculty

    Sean Ammirati
    Partner, Birchmere Ventures; Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University

    Mr. Ammirati is a serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He started and sold three software and media startups over a dozen years, including LinkedIn’s first acquisition mSpoke where he was CEO and co-founder.

    Damian Killen
    Founder and Managing Director, Thrive
    Mr. Killen has more than 20 years experience as a consultant to private, public and not-for-profit organizations around the globe. He harnesses his understanding of personality types to explore the best ways of dealing with conflict, coping with change, leading others and creating high performing teams.

    David Mawhinney
    Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder/Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
    Mr. Mawhinney co-founded five successful entrepreneurial ventures, including mSpoke, where he was chairman and CEO. He was a general partner at venture capital firm PNC Technology Ventures. He currently leads the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Brenda Bakker Harger
    Director of the Interactive Theatre Company and Professor of Entertainment Technology, Carnegie Mellon University
    Ms. Harger is a professor of interactive theater and an experienced improviser. She directs the Interactive Theatre Company, which uses live interactive theater to address controversial issues in the workplace.

    Carnegie Bosch Institute reserves the right to make faculty substitutions.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Fee: The program fee of USD 4,100 per person covers tuition, course materials, and most meals. Companies sending three or more participants, organizations with fewer than 500 employees, non-profits, and the government sector receive a 10% discount.

    Accommodation: Rooms have been reserved at special seminar rates at a local hotel. Logistic details will be communicated to participants after registration. Cost of accommodation is not included in the program fee.

    Cancellation policy: For cancellations received more than four weeks before the program, the program fee will be fully refunded, less a $300 administrative fee. For cancellations received 14 to 27 days before the program, a 35% refund will be provided. For cancellations received less than 14 days before the program, no refunds will be given. Feasible substitutions may be an option at the discretion of Carnegie Bosch Institute.