Strategic Innovation Practice Area

Corporate Innovation Programs, Innovation Training, & Implementation

Strategic Innovation with Babson Executive Education

Accelerate Your Future

Future growth hinges on getting innovation right today. Learn how to seed the ground for the new markets, business models, revenue lines, and businesses of tomorrow while managing today’s customers, products, and services. Our capabilities span innovation training and innovation infrastructure, with in-person and online innovation courses and advising. Get the skills and frameworks you need to build and maintain successful corporate innovation programs—regardless of how far along you are.

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.

Harness the Power of Strategic Innovation

Our experts 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, onsite innovation training, or flexible Babson Advisory strategy and infrastructure sessions, you will learn from experts whose work has influenced innovation efforts at companies such as Moen/Fortune Brands, Evonik, U.S. Air Force, Corning, GE, and PepsiCo.

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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.

Innovation Leader

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.

Babson’s Strategic Innovation Experts

Gina O’Connor, Advanced Education – Inclusive Innovation and Commercialization

Gina Colarelli O’Connor

Professor of Innovation Management

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

Peter Cohan

Peter Cohan

Professor of Practice in Management

With expertise in competitive strategy, corporate strategy, and national competitiveness strategy, Peter Cohan is experienced at a variety of management consulting and strategy consulting firms, as well as strategic planning in the finance industry. He founded and runs a management consulting and venture capital firm. He is widely published and has served on presidential subcommittees.

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Andrew Corbett

Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies

One of the most cited entrepreneurship experts in the world, Andrew Corbett focuses on corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship training.

Bradley George

Bradley George

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Bradley George has expertise in corporate entrepreneurship, clean tech, environmental entrepreneurship, new venture creation, and sustainable entrepreneurship. He advises startups, ranging from small family businesses and social ventures to VC-backed firms around the world. He spent 15 years in the diesel engine industry, collaborating in the creation and launch of new business units and product lines.

Erik Noyes, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship Division

Erik Noyes

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

An expert in innovation management and growth strategy, Erik Noyes’s focus is on entrepreneurial thinking, new venture creation, and business innovation. An awarded trainer, he has consulted for companies such as Nokia, BMW, Hewlett-Packard, New Balance, and Motorola to identify and evaluate new growth businesses.

Jay Rao, Professor, Operations and Information Management Division

Jay Rao

Professor of Operations and Information Management

Jay Rao’s executive training and consulting expertise spans innovation, implementation of innovation initiatives within firms, corporate entrepreneurship, and customer experience innovation. He is widely published, sits on multiple advisory boards, and consults with companies across the globe.

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Backcasting to Build the Future

Unlike forecasting, which fosters incremental innovation, backcasting starts with the future in mind and works backward to outline the necessary steps to get there. The result? Breakthrough Innovation. Download this free tool kit with practical steps and examples of how to implement strategic innovation and backcasting in your organization.

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Why Corporate Commitment to Strategic Innovation Matters

“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

Our Clients Say It Best

“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

How to Work with Us—Strategic Innovation Practice Area

Across both core capabilities, we help you make the case for strategic innovation so that leadership teams listen and act.

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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 equip you with the practical tools and strategies to have an immediate impact on your organization or business.

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Evelyn Lager
Senior Director, Product & Business Development | Babson Executive Education