About the course

This course from the Leeds University Business School will show you how to manage innovation through real-life examples from IBM. You’ll identify challenges to innovation management and develop an innovation strategy. You’ll see how the world’s most successful businesses use systematic processes to manage disruptive innovation. Through practical insights you’ll learn how to continuously innovate in your core business. Exploring the latest design thinking and open innovation frameworks will help you drive innovation effectively within an established organisation or growing venture.

What topics you will cover

  • Identify obstacles, sources and pitfalls that affect successful management of innovation.
  • Differentiate between innovation in core business and transformative business opportunities.
  • Discuss why management of innovation is important.
  • Identify key enablers for managing innovation in core business.
  • Evaluate actions required in own organisation(s) for improving management of innovation in core business.
  • Describe the disruptive nature of innovation.
  • Identify managerial approaches to respond to disruptive change.
  • Define the concept of open innovation and the openness continuum.
  • Identify the different approaches through which open and collaborative innovation occurs.
  • Evaluate actions required in own organisation(s) for gaining value from open and collaborative innovation.
  • Reflect on the core elements of design thinking (DT).
  • Explore how design thinking can be used to foster innovation, with exposure to some tools and methods of design thinking.
  • Explain sources of corporate knowledge and protectable intellectual property rights.
  • Identify risks associated with knowledge leakage and IP infringement.
  • Explore proactive and reactive strategies for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Analyse innovation capabilities at own organisation.

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What you will learn

  • Explain different types of innovation and innovation dynamics.
  • Identify strategic innovation challenges in organisations.
  • Explore core innovation and the key enablers required for successful innovation in existing operations, business and markets.
  • Develop managerial approaches to organise innovation processes.
  • Explore the key capabilities which support successful innovation.
  • Reflect on innovation responses in real case studies.


This course is for professionals with an active interest in innovation who wish to improve their knowledge or make innovation happen in their organisation.

Whether you work in the public or private sector, a young start-up, or an established multinational, the course will give you the skills to generate and implement innovative ideas. The course is designed to be flexible so you can study at a time convenient to you.

About the instructors

Matt Mount is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation. He is an expert in the area of open innovation and open strategy.

Krsto Pandza is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Leeds University Business School.

Tony Morgan is Executive Architect and Industry Technical Leader at IBM and RAEng Visiting Professor in Innovation at the University of Leeds.

Tyrone Pitsis is a Professor of Strategy, University of Leeds. Expert in strategy in collaborative projects and design thinking.

Liz Mason is Senior Teaching Fellow in International Business. She is also an expert in the area of Intellectual Property Rights.

Starting date: 25 September, 2017

Duration: 2 weeks, 4 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Matt Mount, Krsto Pandza, Tony Morgan, Tyrone Pitsis, Liz Mason

Institution: University of Leeds


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