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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

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Next Date

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Format

Live Online

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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

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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.

 

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How and when will I have access to the course materials?
Course materials are provided via Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal. Materials will be made available to participants approximately one to seven days prior to the first live online session, depending on the amount of pre-work that participants are expected to complete in advance.

Where can I find the schedule for the days and times of the live online sessions?
The schedule will be sent to registered participants in the registration confirmation email (see the link in your confirmation email to the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document).

Do I need to join the virtual sessions live? Will they be recorded?
We highly recommend that participants join the live online sessions. It is an opportunity to ask questions, participate in rich discussion, and learn from the experience of your program peers. However, we do understand that emergencies arise, so sessions will be recorded and made available upon request.

What technology do you use for the live online programs?

  • Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal—course calendar, readings, pre-work, faculty bios, presentations and post-session recordings are posted here.
  • Video-conferencing Platform—we will use a virtual meeting application (like Webex or Zoom) that allows you to see and communicate with other participants simultaneously and in real time. Your instructor can share documents and interactive media, invite participants to share content, and engage with you in real-time participation. Links to sessions and more information will be provided on Canvas.

What do I need to participate? How do I prepare for the live online sessions?

  1. We recommend a computer/laptop with a webcam (built in or external camera) for optimal viewing, but you also may join from a tablet or cell phone
  2. Internet connection or cell hotspot
  3. Operating system: Windows: 7, 8.1, or 10; Apple: OS 10.9 or higher
  4. Recommended browsers for optimal experience: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari 8 and up (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, and Safari 7 are not recommended.)
  5. Headset with microphone (recommended but optional)

What happens if I have technical issues?
Additional, detailed instructions will be provided on Canvas. Babson staff will be online and available to assist you, and will identify themselves during each live online delivery. Contact the staff via the chat function for help, or email them if needed. Contact information is available in the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document.

How long will I have access to the online materials?
Course materials on Canvas will be available for six months following the completion of the program.

When is payment due and what types of payment do you accept?
Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Babson accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

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

Do you offer online programs for large groups from the same company?
Yes, we can customize a program to your company’s specific needs from our diverse certificate and courses portfolio. Please contact Rachel Crane rcrane@babson.edu for additional information.

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.

Where can I find information for in-person programs?
Explore Babson Executive Education's full suite of in-person programs.

What is your cancellation policy for live online programs?
Registration changes must be requested in writing to Babson Executive Education.

  • If requested 30 days or more prior to the program start date
    • Cancellations receive a 100% refund
    • Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfers* allowed subject to a $250 administration fee, to be utilized within a one-year period
  • If requested 8-29 days prior to the program start date
    • Cancellations receive a 50% refund
    • Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed
  • If requested 7 days or fewer prior to the program start date
    • 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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Rachel Crane
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+1-781-239-4349 
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