MIT & IMD – Driving Strategic Innovation

Say hello to your inner innovator.

Find out how to generate more than your fair share of smart ideas and unleash the creative talent of your people. Apply for one of two scholarships study Driving Strategic Innovation at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in September.

About the program

Offered jointly with IMD, this intensive learning experience helps business leaders successfully manage innovation from concept to commercialisation. Drawing on a dynamic and integrative value chain framework created at MIT, participants will discover how to build organisational relationships that facilitate knowledge transfer, both within the firm and across the value chain. The program combines marketing, product development, technology assessment, value-chain design, project execution, and talent management in an end-to-end road-map that will enable participants to generate breakthrough ideas to help their company outperform the competition. For more information, visit MIT Sloan.

Key dates

22-27 September 2019

Inclusions and obligations


The scholarships include course fees, return economy class flights, accommodation and most meals. Applicants must commit to attend the course on the dates specified. Upon return, the successful applicants must each provide a report about their scholarship experience, and may also be required to speak at CEW events.

Who should apply?


Driving Strategic Innovation is for senior executives and entrepreneurs who craft innovation strategies and put them into action.  CEW invites Australian women who are working in the senior executive management team, or equivalent, to apply for this scholarship.  To be eligible, you must meet the minimum selection criteria as follows:

  • Senior executive (i.e. Global or Regional lead, CEO, or no more than 3 levels down from CEO) in the private, public or not-for-profit sector
  • 6 or more years overall experience managing teams of 5 or more people, including managers
  • 5 or more years general management experience (ie. business unit, line or functional management incorporating key responsibilities such as P&L/Budget management, strategic planning and people leadership)
  • Australian citizen or resident
  • Have significant input on the technology and/or innovation strategy of their organisation or business unit/department
  • Have an influential role in innovative activities, being able to look up and down the value chain to identify promising strategic opportunities

Business leaders who will take away the greatest value from this program:

  • R&D directors
  • Other senior executives and entrepreneurs who are responsible for technology, R&D, and supply-chain strategy, especially where coordinated technology development issues are essential
  • CEO/COO/CIO/CTOs
  • Senior executives responsible for innovation or new business development

Applications OPEN 27 March 2019 and CLOSE 13 May 2019

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