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Offer: Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations (free on-line course/MOOC) - From July 1st to Sep 2, 2014 (flexible starting date)

From July 1st to Sep 2, 2014 (flexible starting date) - 9 weeks of study - 6-8 hours of work / week - in English - videos with English subtitles

This course is intended to help you improve your ability to manage creativity, innovation and change in business, education, healthcare, government, and in any other complex organization or institution by diagnosing potential innovation failures before they can occur.

Using an “innovation constraints” framework that draws on modern social science research and on insights from business practice, participants will learn how to best manage people (be they co-workers, bosses, customers, clients, friends or any other stakeholders) when innovation is the goal.

While we see several examples of technological innovation, we are not focused on the management of technology.
Instead, we focus on something much more powerful: understanding and managing the people engaged in creation, innovation and positive change, regardless of the context.

The course is designed to help you answer the following types of questions:
What are the conditions for successful innovation?
What causes innovation to fail?
What makes creative people creative?
How should I manage an innovative team?
How do I lead an effective brainstorm process?
What is an innovation portfolio and how can I manage one?
Why do so many great ideas get killed?

The approach in this class will be to treat innovation as the process of generating, assessing, and then implementing useful and valuable ideas.
As we will discuss, generating ideas is relatively easy; what can be hard is getting those ideas listened to, accepted, and implemented in organizations. In addition to learning how to lead creative people and creative teams, participants will also learn techniques for improving their own creativity.
During the course you will engage numerous activities and exercises intended to bring current habits of thought and behavior to the surface for examination and change.

Ideally, participants will have had work experience in some type of organization. Management experience is a plus, but is not required.

The course will consist primarily of weekly video lectures with embedded quizzes, short exercises, readings, several diagnostic surveys, and a brief weekly reflection paper.

In addition, and in recognition that not all participants have the same learning objectives or available time, the course is offered at two levels of engagement:
"Standard Track"- - Estimated Time Commitment: 4 – 6 Hours Per Week
Students at this level receive a “Statement of Accomplishment” that certifies advanced proficiency with the course concepts and framework. This track is designed for those who wish to engage the material by doing assignments, exercises and discussion board participation, however, who may not have the time to complete an innovation project.
“Studio Mastery Track” - Estimated Time Commitment: 6 – 10 Hours Per Week
Students at this level will receive a “Statement of Accomplishment - With Distinction that certifies mastery of the practice of the course content. Students will apply the material by completing an innovation project in a small team. This track is designed for those students wishing to achieve mastery of the course material and to understand its application in a real-world project context.

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