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Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation: Executive Overview

An Action Plan for Innovation

Industries and companies are being disrupted by advances in science and technology. New competitors are threatening companies who have been around for decades and stockholder demands continue to intensify. Companies need to innovate beyond incremental new products to generate long-term revenue and organizational renewal that will keep companies healthy.

Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation: Executive Overview shows businesses how to set up an innovation function with a talent management system in order to generate a continuous flow of strategic innovation.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Discover the necessary elements of a management system for strategic innovation and the three fundamental innovation capabilities: Discovery, Incubation, and Acceleration
  • Understand the importance of an articulated strategic intent, and its differences from strategy, and test yours out in a safe environment
  • Learn the key patterns of evolving and developing an innovation function, identify the current stage of maturity of your innovation system, diagnose the challenges facing you at this time, and prepare a plan for addressing those challenges

Who Should Attend

  • Organizational leaders who desire to build a breakthrough innovation capability
  • Managers of innovation and their teams
  • Experienced innovation leaders who want to improve their group's effectiveness
  • Ideally works at a company with $1B+ in revenue that is national or global 
  • Ideally affiliated with or responsible for strategic innovation and can come from functional areas such as R&D, strategy, HR, organizational development, marketing, product development, and new business development
  • Teams of three to five people are encouraged to attend in order to collaborate on an action plan together (discounts available for teams of 2-5)

Program Details

What You Will Learn

In this action-based program, you’ll develop the tools necessary to implement an innovation function in your company and immediately apply the concepts you learn back to your business. You will develop an action plan for how to start an innovation function at your company and receive 1 on 1 coaching from faculty after the program regarding the implementation of your action plan. We encourage teams to join so you can work on the action plan together.

Topics include:

  • Priming your company for strategic innovation with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Identify your company’s strategic intent
  • Take an innovation maturity assessment to get an idea of the strengths and gaps of your company’s management system for strategic innovation, which will help identify priority areas for improvement
  • Understand the innovation roles needed for breakthrough innovation
  • Learn how to evolve your company’s strategic innovation capability, including identifying red flags and land mines to avoid

“Working with Babson Executive Education jump-started Lubrizol's approach to innovation and rapidly progressed key business development growth initiatives.” – James S. Puckace Sr. Director of New Business Development and Innovation, Lubrizol


You will be learning from faculty who have conducted more than 20 years of research on innovation in companies and are co-authors of the book, Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation Through People.

  • Gina O’Connor, Professor of Innovation Management at Babson College
  • Andrew Corbett, Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Entrepreneurship Division Chair at Babson College

Program Discounts

Teams of 2 both receive a 10% discount on the program. Teams of 3–5 each receive a 20% discount on the program. 

Babson alumni enjoy discounts on Babson Executive Education programs: 20% for in-person programs and 50% for online programs. Some exclusions apply.

Discounts also are available for groups and for past participants in Babson Executive Education’s open enrollment programs.

Please email Rachel Crane for more information on discounts.


All Babson Executive Education programs are taught in English. To participate, we ask that you can speak, read, and write English to get the most out of our programs.


Registration deadline for program: TBD


The cost includes program materials, accommodations, and meals at the award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center from 4 p.m. Monday, the day before the program, to 11 a.m. on the last day, Wednesday. The program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and ends at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Each participant will receive 45 minutes of 1 on 1 coaching with faculty after you meet face-to-face at Babson regarding the implementation of your action plan and any challenges you may be facing. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

For more information about payment, accommodations, travel, and discounts, read our Babson Executive Education FAQ »

Teams of 2 both receive a 10% discount on the program. Teams of 3-5 each receive a 20% discount on the program. Discounts for Babson alumni are available through the Lifelong Learner Grant and past participants in Babson Executive Education open enrollment programs receive a discount. Please email Rachel Crane for more information on discounts.

Why Babson Executive Education?

Babson Executive Education works with organizations and professionals around the world to turn ideas and challenges into opportunity. Babson cultivates an entrepreneurial mindset that is the basis for many of the world’s most innovative businesses and leaders.

Our programs are about more than theory; they’re about action, and equipping you with the practical tools and strategies necessary to have an immediate impact on your organization or business.

Advancing Breakthrough Innovation with Gina O’Connor 


Contact Rachel Crane, Sr. Director Business Development or call +1-781-239-4349