Strategic Innovation Practice Area

Strategic Innovation Practice Area

Babson Executive Education

Accelerate Your Future With Strategic Innovation Courses 

We know that future growth hinges on getting innovation right today, not tomorrow. Our strategic innovation courses and capabilities span two broad categories, to help organizations strengthen their strategic innovation muscle regardless of how far down the path they are. We provide the innovation training to help organizations build the needed infrastructure to support dedicated corporate innovation programs. We also develop the specific skills and frameworks required for successful strategic innovation. Across both core capabilities, we help innovation champions communicate and make the case for strategic innovation so that leadership teams listen and act. Only then can the business seed the ground for the new markets, business models, revenue lines, and businesses of tomorrow, while simultaneously managing today’s customers, products, and services.

Learn How to Harness the Power of Strategic Innovation

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Tap Into Our Expertise

The strategic innovation training faculty at Babson Executive Education bring more than two decades of innovation research with more than 40 companies, implementation work with many others, and countless published books and articles. Whether in our online innovation courses or in onsite corporate innovation programs, you will learn from subject matter experts who are sought after speakers on the lecture circuit, and whose work has influenced innovation efforts at companies such as Moen/Fortune Brands, Evonik, US Air Force, Corning, GE, and PepsiCo.

Real Innovation Requires More Than an R&D Budget

Corporate leaders need to recognize that developing business applications, revenue models, and markets for new products often requires as much time and resources and deserves as much emphasis, as inventing the technologies themselves.

Masterclass: Innovation as a Career Path

Watch a webinar Andrew Corbett and Gina O’Connor delivered for Innovation Leader on how organizations can create systems that support, develop people that can lead, embrace a culture that drives, and establish processes that make strategic innovation happen.

In Times of Crisis, Innovation is Still Needed

It can be hard to justify maintaining your company’s investments in strategic innovation when we’re worried about our factories, supply chains, operations, capital investments, and especially our people’s health and well-being. Here’s how to preserve what you’ve built while navigating these trying times.

Corporate Innovation Programs that Deliver Results

Corporate Innovation Programs that Deliver Results

Incremental new product development is not enough to stay ahead of industry disruption and maintain market share. Instead, renewal and growth hinges on changing the status quo and looking beyond the current portfolio. See how Babson can help.

Andrew Corbett, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies

Andrew Corbett

Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
One of the most cited entrepreneurship researchers in the world, Andrew Corbett is the chair of the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College. He focuses on corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.

Gina Colarelli O’Connor, Professor of Innovation Management

Gina Colarelli O’Connor

Professor of Innovation Management
Renowned researcher, educator, and consultant, Gina Colarelli O’Connor is an expert in the fields of breakthrough innovation in large mature companies, technological innovation, and corporate entrepreneurship.

Jay Rao, Professor

Jay Rao

Professor
Dr. Rao’s executive teaching and consulting is in the areas of innovation, implementation of innovation initiatives within firms, corporate entrepreneurship, and customer experience innovation. He teaches numerous executive education innovation courses.

How To Teach Strategic Innovation Courses

“Innovation is about growth. Growing your revenues, growing your profitability, or adding growth to society. This growth cannot happen without growing your people. Give them tools, and give them skills.” – Professor Jay Rao

Babson’s Executive Education Innovation Experts in the News

“Working with Babson Executive Education jump-started Lubrizol’s approach to innovation and rapidly progressed key business development growth initiatives.”

– James S. Puckace, Senior Director of New Business Development and Innovation, Lubrizol

“They lay out all the pieces to make an innovation program work very well. They show how we need to align our HR and our roles to innovation priorities and innovation jobs.”

– Michael Gudas, Director of Innovation Strategy and Operations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

“The investment in the development we made with you paid off multifold. As a result, we have the organizational capabilities and the leadership to drive through this challenging time.”

– Antonio Pietri, CEO, Aspen Tech

Strategic Innovation Courses for Individuals

Strategic innovation courses at Babson equip you with the capabilities you need to foster a permanent strategic innovation function, nurture your organization’s culture, and improve your corporate innovation programs and processes.

Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation

Learn the key patterns of developing and implementing an innovation function to generate organizational renewal and create long-term revenue.

Corporate Innovators: Roles, Responsibilities, and Career Paths

Learn how a strategic innovation capability works and understand the talent management needs within large, established organizations.

Innovation and Growth Post-Crisis

Explore how to enhance your innovation efforts and change your competitive game in the market—short and long term—by learning innovation principles, methods, and tools that will equip you to overcome daunting challenges during downturns.

Make the Case for Innovation Investment

In order for strategic innovation to succeed, it must be thought of as a team sport with a dedicated function that goes beyond a lone internal champion. Our offerings are designed to be an on-ramp for your leadership team, with a curriculum tailored to make the biggest impact for your organization.

1:1 Support to Implement and Innovate at Scale

Get the personalized executive education innovation support you need to map out your organization’s innovation path. Build your team’s innovation capabilities and communicate value that positively influences senior leadership, ensuring your strategic innovation efforts thrive.

What Makes Babson Executive Education’s Innovation Courses Different?

Babson Executive Education offers programs in four practice areas: strategic innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, inclusive leadership, and entrepreneurship. We work with organizations and professionals around the world to turn ideas and challenges into opportunities.

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.

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