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Cambridge Making Innovation Happen Programme


Leading and sustaining competitive advantage

Maintaining competitive advantage is key to the ongoing success of any business. In the current climate, innovation can no longer be considered the remit of CEOs or senior management – it must be looked upon as a broader capability that is encouraged and instilled throughout an organisation.  

Innovation comes in many forms, from business models to new products and basic technology development. What is key for organisations is to foster an environment that supports innovative thinking, developing a wider ecosystem that broadens the input and capability of the business. 

This five-day programme is designed for senior executives to consider all the activities required to elevate innovation as a core organisational management capability; to create a culture that innovates consistently, systematically and with tangible results. At the end of the five days, participants leave with a clear action plan of how to take the next steps in driving this innovative management capability within their own organisations.

The Cambridge advantage

Cambridge offers the opportunity to have the reflection that comes with an 800-year old history, as well as exposure to the leading edge of innovation and high-tech thinking with over 1,500 science and technology companies in the surrounding area dubbed ‘silicon fen’.

We benefit from being located at the heart of a network of strong and diverse business, one of the most important and prominent technology clusters in the world. This innovative and entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in our collaborative approach to teaching.
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  • Unleashing innovation across the organisation.
  • What is innovation? What types of innovation does your own organisation lack?
  • Creativity at the heart of innovation. Creativity beyond art. Enabling a context that fosters organisational creativity.
  • Enabling organisational idea generation - the "innovation supply chain" and barriers to destructive innovation.
  • Selection of the right ideas to drive innovation through the business.
  • Innovation projects and action operational principles.
  • Bringing innovative ideas to reality. Flexible innovation processes and generating innovation successes in your organisation.
  • Stakeholder engagement to ensure the delivery of your value through innovative ideas and projects.
  • Innovation in ecosystems; innovating beyond the boundaries of your organisation.
topics include creativity, business models, action plan, experimentation, strategy and ecosystem

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Making Innovation Happen


For the individuals that participate:

  • Understand the fundamental steps of innovation: creation, combination, selection and execution of creative ideas.
  • Understand the 'architecture' of innovative organisations: the necessary structures to ensure alignment between strategy, selection and execution of the creative ideas and initiatives that arise within an organisation.
  • Experience, first-hand, an innovative context, as the programme takes place at the premises of one of the best science and technology universities in the world.
  • Exchange and debate with senior Cambridge Judge Business School and faculty from the University of Cambridge who are world-renowned. They will bring thought-provoking views to the classroom. Participants will be encouraged to think outside the box and will be confronted with challenging and stimulating perspectives. The programme benefits enormously from a multidisciplinary approach to learning.
  • Learn first-hand about the difficulties when innovating within in an ecosystem, in a unique session contributed to by several guest companies.
  • An international and diverse perspective, in a cohort made up of mixed nationalities and industries.
  • Networking and peer-to-peer learning. Hotel accommodation is included in a central Cambridge hotel, close to Cambridge Judge Business School. This offers the opportunity for all participants to stay together and continue discussion outside of the classroom, forging long-lasting relationships.

For the organisation:

  • Executives who return ready to make a difference within the organisation, who can cascade their learning to their team and colleagues.
  • Refreshed executives with newly-charged batteries and increased self-confidence, better fit to assume leadership responsibilities to drive a stream of innovations in the organisation.
  • Well-networked executives with a new holistic perspective, with customised actions for improvement.

This programme counts as one course for those completing the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement.

Who should attend

Selection for the programme is important to ensure the group of people selected have the right experience and appetite for innovative thinking (in their objectives). After completing the online registration form, each prospective candidate will be asked to provide their biography and objectives, and if necessary, a phone meeting will be set up between the Academic Programme Director and the applicant.

Typical participants will be:

  • Leaders wishing to drive innovation through their business
  • Executives in charge of innovation (R&D Heads, CTOs, VPs, etc.)
  • Senior managers involved in key strategic innovation projects
  • Executives wishing to drive innovation through their respective units (e.g. marketing, procurement, production)
  • Senior officers in government or NGOs that seek to challenge the current priorities in their organisations
  • Executives wishing to understand and apply creativity generation to make their organisation more innovative

Faculty & speakers

Stylianos Kavadias

Stylianos Kavadias

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth


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Christoph H. Loch

Christoph H. Loch

Professor of Management Studies

PhD (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

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Hanadi Jabado

Hanadi Jabado

Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Kishore Sengupta

Kishore Sengupta

Director of Executive Education and Reader in Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
2-7 December 2018 (Opening session on Sun eve) 5 days £5,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is 20%; e.g. £5995 + 20% = £7194

* Fees (which are exclusive of VAT) include programme materials, daytime refreshments 5 nights' accommodation in the centre of Cambridge, some Cambridge-based activities, an opening dinner and a formal gala dinner in an historic Cambridge college. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

On an open programme you meet with people that have similar challenges as you, but in very different organisations and being able to engage with people that you don’t normally engage with in a business context, is very useful.

There are areas that you might not have thought of that other people are struggling with in their organisations, that can be highly relevant for you. Meeting and spending time with people from other organisations is very valuable, from multiple perspectives.
Nikolai Lyngø, Senior Vice President, Statoil
Nikolai Lungo
I found the week thoroughly stimulating, and have taken several actions back for review and implementation into our business. Great course content, participants and faculty, all adding a rich depth of examples, experience and expertise to the programme.
Jonathan Holden, Vice President & General Manager, Molly Maid, UK
I had been tasked by my organisation with setting up and implementing an innovation strategy. I found this course highly useful as it covered not only the principles of innovation, but also some really great advice on the practical steps required to set up and embed innovation across the board. The faculty led discussion across our group to develop some relevant and personalised advice to return with and put to work.
Christopher Walton, Programme Director, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group
Christopher Walton
Excellent programme in terms of content and presentation, dealing with concepts, challenges and practical approaches. Professors Christoph Loch and Stelios Kavadias both do an excellent job in the delivery of a difficult subject in today's business climate. My classmates added a new dimension in understanding organisational innovation from a different perspective.
Vinci M. Felix, Principal Investigator, R&D, DuPont, USA
My experience at Cambridge Judge Business School was an outstanding one. The course facilitators were amazing, full of knowledge and they had practical solutions for every problem that we presented to them. Special thanks to Professors Kavadias and Loch for their personal attention. It was a lifetime experience indeed.
Asad Zaidi, General Manager Information Systems, Adamjee Life Assurance Company, Pakistan

Reserve a place

Our programmes are very popular and tend to fill quickly. We cap the group size at 25. It is therefore advisable to reserve a place on specific sessions. This will simply keep your place until you are able to complete the registration form, and we will remain in touch with you to inform you when the programme is almost full.

Reserve a place

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

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