Program Announcement

Thank you for your interest in this program. The December 2017 session currently is near capacity. You may wish to consider applying soon.

New Program

In a world of constant disruption and disintermediation, innovation is a critical component of business agility and growth. That's why today's companies require a new kind of leader— one who can create a culture and develop the competencies that foster creative, innovative problem-solving across the entire organization. In this lab-style leadership program, you will discover how innovation really works and how you can enable your team to produce extraordinary results.

What You Can Expect

Emphasizing the what, why, and how of innovation, Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation engages you in an immersive exploration of innovation. You will leave with an evolved understanding of your role as an innovation leader, along with frameworks for building and sustaining an organizational culture where trust, collaboration, and managed risk-taking give rise to continuous and productive innovation.

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Emphasizing the what, why, and how of innovation, Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation engages you in an immersive exploration of innovation. You will leave with an evolved understanding of your role as an innovation leader, along with frameworks for building and sustaining an organizational culture where trust, collaboration, and managed risk-taking give rise to continuous and productive innovation.

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Your Course of Study

Featuring small-group exercises, simulations, and deep-dive case studies, this program offers an intensely interactive and often surprising learning experience. You will explore, debate, experiment, fail, and examine how best to galvanize and sustain innovation across every function of your business.

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Featuring small-group exercises, simulations, and deep-dive case studies, this program offers an intensely interactive and often surprising learning experience. You will explore, debate, experiment, fail, and examine how best to galvanize and sustain innovation across every function of your business.

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Who is Right for the Program

This program is ideal for general managers or other senior executives in any industry and any function whose responsibilities include leading innovation and change. Participants include leaders of business units, divisions, or other large-scale organizations, as well as executives with cross-organizational responsibilities. Ideally, participants have at least 15 years of experience. The program is suitable for participants from organizations of any size—not only senior executives in large, established organizations but also leaders of startups or directors of innovation labs. It is not suitable for individual contributors or consultants.

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This program is ideal for general managers or other senior executives in any industry and any function whose responsibilities include leading innovation and change. Participants include leaders of business units, divisions, or other large-scale organizations, as well as executives with cross-organizational responsibilities. Ideally, participants have at least 15 years of experience. The program is suitable for participants from organizations of any size—not only senior executives in large, established organizations but also leaders of startups or directors of innovation labs. It is not suitable for individual contributors or consultants.

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The Leadership Initiative

In line with Harvard Business School's mission to educate leaders who want to make a difference in the world, the Leadership Initiative helps shape individuals with the integrity and capacity to build world-class organizations. Today's leaders are confronted with challenges and opportunities that have never been more complex, and the Leadership Initiative is dedicated to helping them understand and manage those forces.

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In line with Harvard Business School's mission to educate leaders who want to make a difference in the world, the Leadership Initiative helps shape individuals with the integrity and capacity to build world-class organizations. Today's leaders are confronted with challenges and opportunities that have never been more complex, and the Leadership Initiative is dedicated to helping them understand and manage those forces.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders

Faculty Chair
Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration. Faculty chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; and faculty chair of "High Potentials Leadership Program," "Leadership for Senior Executives" and "Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders

Linda A. Hill

Faculty Chair
Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration. Faculty chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; and faculty chair of "High Potentials Leadership Program," "Leadership for Senior Executives" and "Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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