Leading Innovation: Creating a Dynamic Organization

This three-day program helps managers and executives acquire a deeper understanding of the processes, methods and tools of lean innovative thinking and deal with the challenges of creating an innovation culture.
Leading Innovation
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DATE: October 23-25, 2018

LOCATION: Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business
Executive Education
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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.

Note that this program was previously delivered by the Carnegie Bosch Institute. Beginning in 2018, the same high-quality program will be delivered by Carnegie Mellon Executive Education.

For questions, contact Carnegie Mellon Executive Education at +1-412-268-2304 or exec-director@andrew.cmu.edu.

  • 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

    To maximize the impact of the program across your organization, we encourage cross-functional teams to participate. Enrollment is limited to ensure 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.


  • Faculty

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

    Sean 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.


    Brenda Bakker Harger
    Director of the Interactive Theatre Company and Professor of Entertainment Technology, Carnegie Mellon University

    Brenda Harger is a theatre director, improviser, and associate teaching professor at CMU's Entertainment Technology Center, where she teaches improvisational acting and leads diverse interdisciplinary groups. She has led improv workshops nationally and internationally for companies to foster innovation, creativity, and strong communication.


    Sylvia Vogt, Faculty Director
    President, Carnegie Bosch Institute and Adjunct Professor of Management at Carnegie Mellon University

    Sylvia Vogt is an adjunct professor of management and certified executive coach with a focus on leadership development, innovation culture, leading change, and the people dimension in international business. Drawing on 25 years experience as a global industry executive, Sylvia teaches and coaches in areas of strategic organizational development that enable organizations, teams and individuals to succeed.


    Carnegie Mellon reserves the right to make faculty substitutions.

  • Fee and Terms

    Fee: The program fee of $4,100 is due prior to the start of the program and covers instruction, course materials, coaching, and most meals. A $250 fee is assessed on all cancellations.   

    Accommodation: Logistic details will be communicated to participants after registration. Cost of accommodation is not included in the program fee. Recommendations for local hotel options can be provided, however room reservations and transportation are the responsibility of the participant.

    Cancellation policy:

    • All requests to cancel must be received in writing.
    • Qualified substitutes for registration can be accommodated.
    • Cancellations forfeit the deposit fee.