Innovation for Growth’s workshop approach gives you hands-on experience in applying the latest thinking and best practices to your organization. Wharton’s world-class faculty and an accomplished group of fellow innovation leaders from around the globe provide inside access to what works today — from innovative companies such as P&G and Lego, as well as Wharton's Mack Center for Technological Innovation, which leads one of the largest ongoing research projects on managing emerging technologies. Faculty provide expert perspectives on developing market-driven strategy, using crowd sourcing and collective intelligence as part of your innovation strategy, understanding new-product development successes and failures, and engaging in the innovation value processes to capitalize on new market space and while providing an understanding of predictive markets.
Innovation for Growth session topics include:
- Full-Spectrum Innovation
- Innovation Tournaments: Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds
- Scenario Planning: Profiting From Uncertainty
- Real Options Analysis
Who Attends This Program
This program is designed for leaders who are responsible for driving top-line growth and promoting market innovation — including strategy leaders, managers of new businesses, chief innovation officers, chief technology officers, and product development leaders. The diverse perspectives of the program will offer fresh approaches to managers in many different areas, including marketing, technology, and sales.
To extend the impact of Innovation for Growth: Strategies and Best Practices,, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer a choice of group benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.
Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Program consultants are available to provide more information on course specifics and discuss how this program might meet your needs. Please contact them by e-mail or by phone at +1 215.898.1776.
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"The innovation program was exceptional. It has allowed me to put structure and process around innovation. I have used the scenario planning several times and received great feedback from my team. It was simple, quick and extremely effective."
— Jackie Larson, VP of Operations, accounts receivables management firm
"The innovation program was one of the best executive education seminars I have attended. It included big picture conceptual discussion to challenge executives to think beyond their existing innovation process, and also specific tools to evaluate your portfolio. I have used several of the tools to highlight strategic issues with our senior management team. In addition to good program content, the presenters were excellent, and responsive to the program attendees."
— David VerNooy, Vice President, RDE, consumer products firm
"The innovation course provided me with several key insights that have been useful in filling out our innovation pipeline. We have been able to invigorate mature products with fresh, new looks at markets where they might be utilized. As a result we have an entire new business area. The tools brought back from the Innovation program were critical to identification of these peripheral opportunities. We were missing some obvious opportunities!!
"I can't say enough about the post course materials and follow up; it is truly an impressive program all around. I look forward to taking more Executive Education courses at Wharton in the future."
— Alan Pape, Business Development Manager, Sartomer Company
"The Innovation program helped me and my company gain a better understanding of how to target innovation resources and improve processes to achieve the most impact (ROI). It instills a grounded view of innovation that goes beyond products and technology into organizational issues plus the design of innovation across our business.
"All facets of the program were exemplary, starting with a great introduction by George Day and Roche Parayre. Content by guest speakers such as Larry Huston created a unique perspective on how to make innovation really feasible. Finally, the back-end Innovation Portal has given students and teachers the added value of extending conversations and exploration of Innovation beyond the week and the classroom. I recommend that anyone interested in Innovation take this outstanding program."
— Stephen Lines, Program Director, AstraZeneca
"The innovation program provided a comprehensive deep dive into the what, where, when, and how to do innovation in a tidy, compact package. The tools, speakers, and facilitators offered fresh perspectives into this growth driver for business. Perhaps the greatest impact involved consideration of The Who. Anyone can innovate in an organization, but depending on 'who' the innovator is determines the process necessary to go from an idea to an application. That exploration gave me as a learner the direction I needed to implement new models in the day to day work."
— Fortune 500 Media Executive
"Having done my PhD in the US and currently living in Europe (Portugal) and working for an International Management Consultancy Company, this was just a great programme. In three days I was able to establish a network of contacts extremely useful for my daily activities in the innovation field. I also acquired a deeper understanding of the innovation concept. The course also has some very interesting practical examples. Is definitely worth taking it!!"
— Sara Medina, Member of the Board, SPI
"Excellent program. The innovation program provided me with the necessary concepts and tools that I could take back to our organization and begin using immediately. There was a great balance between practice and theory and a solid mix of credible professors and industry experts."
— Todd Leight, Director of Marketing and Sales, TEI Biosciences
"Having had access to world leading innovations research and researchers gave me insights which I did not think was possible in such short period of time. Growing the Top Line: Full-Spectrum Innovation Strategies broadened my perspectives on innovation and provided me the strategic tools and language which have served as key contributions to the innovation strategy work at Sony Ericsson."
— Susanna Bill, Innovation Manager, Sony Ericsson
"Innovation itself is a quickly evolving area, and innovation courses should continue to evolve and challenge the old techniques. The fact that uncertainty or 'black swan' logic is incorporated into the mix here is a promising sign that this course, and more importantly this school, is itself innovative. NICE JOB!!"
— Jay Lawson, VP/GM Stryker Craniomaxillofacial, Stryker
James Cowan is president of Neutrik USA, a subsidiary of Neutrik AG, the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of audio, coaxial, power, and circular connectors. Although the parent company maintained that its top priority was to anticipate and fulfill future market needs, Cowan learned by coming to Wharton that his company's approach was not working. "We weren't listening to the needs of the market. Since we had an engineering-driven environment we assumed that we knew what the market needed, and then we would force those ideas onto the customers. I realized when I attended this program that if we continued to follow our current model, we wouldn't maintain growth."
When Cowan returned to his company, he presented many of the ideas he learned during the program to the board of directors, who enthusiastically embraced them. "As a direct result of attending Wharton's outstanding course and sharing its valuable lessons, we created a director of marketing position at our headquarters in Europe. Our new marketing director is providing greater focus on growing the company based on its core strengths. We're now reaching those in our market who didn't know about our products or our company."
Cowan strongly recommends Innovation for Growth: Strategies and Best Practices. "Not only did it give me the insights I needed to see what had to be changed, but the program taught me strategies for creating solutions. As a result, my company is much better positioned to maintain growth."