Master Certificate in Innovation Leadership

Why is this program needed?

In today’s global business environment, every part of an organization must run in perfect alignment and at peak efficiency in order to meet the demands imposed by relentless global competitors. However, the same organization must also be able to regenerate itself to seek bold new directions that offer new opportunities for motivation and growth, be they new product categories, new markets, new partnerships, new processes, or new organizational structures.

Timeline

The Master Certificate in Innovation Leadership is comprised of 4-courses:

  • 3-Innovation Leadership curriculum courses
  • 1-Consulting Project course

Finish the program in 7 months:

  • 7-weeks per Innovation Leadership curriculum course
  • 7-weeks for the Consulting Project course

The Online Experience

To maximize the global learning experience, students participate in exclusive vClasses (virtual classes) instructed by accomplished leaders from global organizations and post-secondary institutions. Students work on case studies and projects with colleagues from around the world, allowing them the unique ability to grasp complex concepts from a global perspective.

Online learning can be unfamiliar for many students, and we understand that. If you have any questions, we recommend signing up for our next Information Session:

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Innovation Leadership Curriculum:

MC 8020 – Innovation Best Practice I (Executive)

As essential as new ventures are for long-term health of a corporation, it remains a profound challenge for the corporate executive team to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of an ongoing operation while trying to cultivate and integrate potentially disruptive products and processes, or any requisite mergers, acquisitions and/or spinouts. In this course, we will examine the theoretical foundations and field-tested best practices for organizing new venture units (NVUs), evaluating and selecting new ventures, implementing mergers, acquisitions and/or spinouts, managing corporate conflict and change, and rewarding success (or failure). Readings, videos and case studies will be drawn from diverse fields such as Innovation Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Change Management, and students will be expected to share personal experiences during the seminars.

MC 8021 – Innovation Best Practice II (Intrapreneur)

A corporation depends on intrapreneurs to conceive and champion significant new avenues for the corporation to continuously revitalize itself, be they major new product categories, new technologies, new markets, new operational processes, new IS/IT technologies, new HRM initiatives, and/or new partnerships. In this course, we will examine the theoretical foundations and field-tested best practices for formulating new venture ideas, developing the business case, gaining senior management and resource commitment, minimizing resistance, and ensuring successful execution. Readings, videos and case studies will be drawn from diverse fields such as Intrapreneurship, Innovation Management, Change Management, and/or Technology Management, and students will be expected to share personal experiences during the seminars.

Prerequisite: Innovation Best Practice I (Executive)

MC 8011 – Leading Effective Global Teams

Managerial roles and responsibilities are becoming increasingly global in nature. In many companies, the ability to manage in a global environment has become an important criteria (if not the most important criterion) for both promotion to top management levels and concomitant business success in the corporate world. This course begins with an orientation on global management, and ends with perspectives on career pursuits for global managers. In between, the course will focus on important conditional topics like the understanding of cultural differences, cross-cultural ethics, business communication in a global context, skills for avoidance/dealing with conflict, and personnel negotiations; topics relevant to the key subject of “global collaborative teams.

Plus:

MC 9000 – Consulting Project

The Master’s Certificate consulting project is a capstone course undertaken individually or with one other student. Under the supervision of a faculty member, the student will cooperate with a current organization and identify one or more issues with which the organization needs help. The project will involve the integration and synthesis of relevant knowledge acquired during the three other courses in their Certificate program. The consulting project is practically oriented rather than academic, but the student will need to include a literature review and include a discussion as to why the project is important in their area of study and how they will be applying the new knowledge from their specialty. The final deliverable is an approximately 25-35 double-spaced report which identifies one or more issues the organization faces and well-justified suggestions for how to remedy this situation. Alternatively, the students can write a business startup plan analysis if they themselves want to start a company or a non-profit organization.

John Querques, Executive MBA alumnus

“My experience at UFred has convinced me that online methodology provides all the benefits of the traditional classroom environment and more.”

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