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Corporate Innovators: Roles, Responsibilities, and Career Paths

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The Right People in the Right Roles for Corporate Innovation

Strategic innovation is more relevant and vital than ever. To be successful, companies must develop an innovation function, complete with its own people, processes, metrics, and culture that operates within the company. This is the team that can translate emerging science, technology, and business models into whole new platforms of growth that will fuel the company's future health.

The world is different now than it was even a few months ago, which is why strategic innovation is so important. Prepare for the future by learning how a strategic innovation capability works within a large, established organization. Build your company’s strategic innovation framework with an understanding of the talent management and skills needed to succeed at corporate innovation.

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What Will You Learn?

This program provides specific tools and exercises, so you can advance a strategic corporate innovation function within your organization. Our program covers the following topics:

  • The roles and responsibilities within a strategic innovation function, and the distinctions between them
  • The appropriate innovation role(s) best suited for you and/or your team now and in the future
  • The challenges associated with building and sustaining a strategic innovation function in large, established organizations
  • The management system necessary to enable strategic innovation to succeed in a large established organization
  • Communicating a strong case for investing in and creating a strategic innovation capability
  • How to partner with HR and Organizational Development to support this new and emerging capability within your organization

At A Glance

Next Date New Dates Coming Soon
Format Live Online
Duration & Time Commitment Four weeks; 3-4 hours/week

Who Should Attend?

Babson's course is designed for professionals in established company settings:

  • Individuals who want to explore newly emerging corporate innovation roles in order to maximize their ability to contribute to an organization in this capacity, support their individual career interests and ambitions, and become empowered with the self-insight required for informed career decisions.
  • Members of the HR/OD community who want to build skills and capabilities to support the strategic innovation objectives of their organization.

What You Need to Know

This four-week online program includes:

  • Self-paced prework beginning TBD + kickoff meeting @ TBD
  • Office Hours TBD @ TBD
  • 3 live online sessions: TBD @ TBD

Program materials include live webinars, and independent study such as watching lectures, completing weekly exercises, and participating in online discussion boards.

 

Meet the Faculty

Gina Colarelli O’Connor, Professor of Innovation Management

Our corporate innovation training is taught by renowned researcher, educator, and consultant Gina Colarelli O’Connor. An expert in the fields of breakthrough innovation in large mature companies, technological innovation, and corporate entrepreneurship, she spent 29 years at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before joining Babson in 2019.

What Makes Babson Executive Education Different? 

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.

The answer to boosting innovation isn’t just about R&D spending, but about building a robust innovation capacity.
Gina Colarelli O’Connor
Professor of Innovation Management

Our Experts in the News

Highly regarded, widely published, and a frequent speaker, Gina Colarelli O’Connor has co-authored three books on breakthrough innovation. A strong partner to large established companies, her insights show how they can renew themselves through organic growth via step-out, game-changing, breakthrough, and strategic innovation. Read more of her insights.

 

Interested in Team Training?

Set your company up for success by bringing a customized version of Corporate Innovators: Roles, Responsibilities, and Career Paths to your organization. Babson Executive Education custom programs are tailored to your unique needs.

 

What is included in the program fee?
The program fee includes your tuition and program materials. In most cases, meals during the program are included. Some programs include accommodations. Travel and personal expenses are not included (such as alcoholic beverages consumed with meals, telephone, and other incidentals).

What accommodations are available, and what if I need to arrive earlier or stay later?
Please check the webpage for the program you are attending for information regarding what accommodations are included in your program fee.

Rooms are at the Babson Executive Conference Center, where the program will take place. They are not dorms.

If you wish to arrive before the program begins or extend your stay, please email Reservations or call +1-781-239-5816 to check rates and availability. Guests are responsible for the cost of extra nights.

Check-in time: 4 p.m.
Check-out time: 11 a.m.

Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, billiards, campus walking trails, dining room, lounge, and 24-hour access to a beverage break station.

What should I do if I have dietary restrictions?
We are happy to help make accommodations for all dietary needs. Our food options allow for most food restrictions. Please let your program manager know if you have specific needs, once you have registered.

What should I wear?
Business casual is appropriate for classes and activities at the Babson Executive Conference Center. As classroom temperatures can vary, we suggest layered clothing.

What is the closest airport?
Boston Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Babson College (approximately 15 miles from the center). Travel times can vary based on the time of day.

What is the best way to get to the conference center from the airport?
The best way to get to the conference center/college would be to use a Ride app, arrange for a private car/van service, or take a taxi. There are commuter rail and subway stations nearby as well, but, private transportation between stations and Babson College is required.

Car Services
Wellesley Carriage—A local Wellesley company (shared or private van/car service available)

GO Boston Shuttle—Use promotional code: Babson (shared or private van service available)

Knight’s Airport Limousine—Use Group code: BABSON (private car or private van service only, good for groups of three to 10)

Taxis
Taxis are available at each terminal of Boston Logan International Airport. The cost is approximately $60–$100 USD per trip, and it will take 30–60 minutes to travel to/from Babson depending on traffic and tolls.

Local Taxis
Veterans Taxi  +1-781-449-8294
Wellesley Transportation Service  +1-781-235-2200

MBTA Commuter Rail
The closest commuter rail stations are Wellesley Hills and Route 128/Westwood. Private transportation is needed between stations and Babson College.

MBTA Subway
The closest subway station is WOODLAND T on the Green Line. Private transportation is needed between the station and Babson College.

When is payment due and what types of payment do you accept?
For in-person programs, payment is due in full 60 days prior to the start date of the program.

If you register for a program with an early registration rate, payment is due by the early registration date. Please check the webpage for the program you are attending for the early registration date.

We accept credit card, check, or wire transfer payments.

Payment plan options are available for our in-person courses for individuals. For more details, please reach out to Rachel Crane at rcrane@babson.edu or +1-781-239-4349.

Do you offer discounts?
Discounts on Babson Executive Education courses are available for the following:

  • Alumni of Babson College (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Members of our Corporate Partner program
  • Parents of current Babson students
  • Groups of three or more registering at the same time
  • Babson Executive Education’s certificate enrollees*
  • Past participants of Babson Executive Education programs

Please email Rachel Crane at rcrane@babson.edu for more information and for discount codes before registering. In addition, please note that discounts cannot be combined.

*Excludes Founder’s Finance

What will I receive upon completion of the program?
Each program participant receives a certificate of completion. We invite participants to add the program to their LinkedIn profile. Note that a certificate will not be provided if there is insufficient evidence of participation.

Do you have translation for non-English speaking participants?
We do not offer translation in our programs. Although we do not require the TOEFL, all Babson Executive Education programs are taught in English, so it is a prerequisite that you speak, read, and write English proficiently.

What type of visa do international travelers need, and will you provide a visa invitation letter?
International travelers will need to obtain a B-1 temporary business travel visa. Once you have registered and paid in full, contact the program manager to provide you with a visa invitation letter.

What is your cancellation policy?
Registration changes must be requested in writing to Babson Executive Education. Please see the schedule below for details about refunds, cancellations, substitutions, and transfers:

  • If requested 30 days or more prior to the program start date for in-person programs:
    • Cancellations receive a 100% refund
    • Substitutions* are subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfer* subject to a $250 Admin­istration Fee (must be utilized within a one-year period)
  • 14–29 days prior to the program start date for in-person programs:
    • Cancellations receive 50% Refund Provided
    • Substitutions* subject to a $250 Admin­istration Fee
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed
  • 13 days or fewer prior to the program start date for in-person programs:
    • Cancellations do not receive a refund
    • Substitutions* are not allowed
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed

*Substitutions and transfers are subject to approval to ensure that participants and programs are suitable.

 

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Contact:
Rachel Crane
Sr. Director Business Development
+1-781-239-4349 
rcrane@babson.edu