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Making Innovation Happen


This five-day executive development programme offers the opportunity for professionals to elevate innovation to a core organisational capability across all organisational units, beyond the actions of one department (be it marketing, R&D, or others).

Innovation systematically appears among the three main priorities named by CEOs and top managers. The reasons are manifold: across different industries, markets globalise, companies merge and new players challenge the existing business models, with broader integration of technologies, and through wider collaboration networks.

During the programme the participants will understand how to properly leverage a key driver of innovation: creativity; however, creativity does not lie only with individuals but it requires many individuals to collaborate so as ideas will flow and new solutions emerge and be tested. Innovation requires an organisation to unleash its creative capability at the level of individuals, processes, and organisational units.


  • Unleashing innovation across the organisation.
  • What is innovation? And what are the different types of innovation, in particular in your own organisation?
  • Creativity at the heart of innovation. Practical workshops, group work and activities enhance the learning through tools that can be easily applied once back in the workplace.
  • Enabling organisational idea creation - the "innovation supply chain" and barriers to destructive innovation.
  • Selection of the right creative ideas to drive innovation through the business.
  • Innovation projects and action operational principles; fair process and innovation.
  • Executing creative ideas. Flexible innovation processes and generating creativity in your organisation.

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If you would like to discuss any aspect of the programme, please contact the Director of Open Programmes, Allison Wheeler-Heau.


  • Understand the fundamental steps of innovation: creation, combination, selection, and execution of creative ideas. Support these principles with a diverse set of tools, processes and structures to drive a stream of innovations in the organisation.
  • 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.
  • Develop a customised action plan of steps to be undertaken upon the completion of the programme and the return to the organisation, ready to apply the programme lessons.
  • 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.
  • Take the opportunity to feed back into your organisations a 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.

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

Who should attend

  • Leaders wishing to drive innovation through the business
  • Executives in charge of innovation (R&D Heads, CTOs)
  • Mid to senior managers involved in the innovation process
  • Marketing executives wishing to drive innovation through new product and market development
  • Executives wishing to understand and apply the processes of creativity generation to make their organisation more innovative

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Faculty & speakers

Stylianos Kavadias

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth

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Christoph H. Loch

CEO of Executive Education
Professor of Management Studies

PhD (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

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Hanadi Jabado

Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Kishore Sengupta

Director of Executive Education
Reader in Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

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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

Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
14-19 May 2017 (Opening session on Sun eve) 5 days £4,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is 20%; e.g. £4995 + 20% = £5994

* Fees (which are exclusive of VAT and accommodation) include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks, as well as a gala dinner. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. 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, 226KB) (updated 27 October 2015)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 243KB) (updated 27 October 2015)

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

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Selection for the Making Innovation Happen programme is taken very seriously, and we ask prospective participants to complete the application form to ensure that the programme is the right one for them at the right time in their career.

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