Sign In
Mastering Innovation and Design Thinking in Practice

Introduction

​​USB-ED’s Mastering Innovation and Design Thinking in Practice programme, presented in association with the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), equips participants to define and clarify challenging systems and to apply innovation tools appropriately. 

It focuses on innovation that supports business strategy and implementation across all areas of an organisation. Furthermore, the programme highlights the importance of logical, emotional and contextual contributions to innovation implementation.​

 

 

Target Audience

​The programme is aimed at managers who want to strengthen their awareness and ability to lead innovation in business and enhance the innovation capability of their organisations. Suitable participants would include senior managers, business owners, functional heads and business unit leaders who are responsible for, or are growing towards having an input in, the strategic process. 

What does it cover

The programme comprises the following modules:

Session 1
Framework for innovation and design thinking

Session 2
Context and problem clarification

Session 3
Ideation – Introduction to innovation and design thinking tools

Session 4
Application and group work

Session 5
Ideation – Tools to assist teams with the process of design thinking

  • Clarifying motivation

  • Diversity in thinking styles

  • Managing the innovators


Session 6

  • Key tools for structuring and selecting between ideas

  • Trade-offs and continuous improvement

  • Impact/difficulty matrix


Session 7
Continuous implementation and sustainability

*Session 8
Practical application and individual feedback

*A blended learning model underwritten by Harvard Business School
  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​

    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​

    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​The successful participant will be equipped to:
    • describe the basic functions of general management and intrapreneurship/entrepreneurship and conduct a feasibility study of business opportunities, reflecting a systems approach to management
    • read, understand and analyse financial statements to determine the financial health of an organisation and manage a budget for profit purposes
    • develop  a basic marketing plan
    • draw up a basic plan to recruit, select and motivate human resources, and manage their performance
    • integrate the programme material into a business plan for a new business opportunity
    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​The successful participant will be equipped to:
    • describe the basic concept of systems thinking and intrapreneurship/entrepreneurship and conduct a feasibility study of business opportunities, reflecting a systems approach to management
    • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of financial management
    • have a holistic perspective on the concept of the value chain and its impact, and understand the need for the concept within the organisation
    • define clear team development results to achieve optimum performance
    • select the appropriate leadership style to enable positive development of teams and individuals
    • understand the underlying dynamics of power and position, and to use this to reflect on personal responses to power in a team
    • understanding of the concept of leadership and leadership styles, and how own style impacts the team
    • integrate the programme material into a business plan developed for an existing organisation or a new business opportunity
    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​The successful participant will be equipped to:
    • describe the basic concept of systems thinking and intrapreneurship/entrepreneurship and conduct a feasibility study of business opportunities, reflecting a systems approach to management
    • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of financial management
    • have a holistic perspective on the concept of the value chain and its impact, and understand the need for the concept within the organisation
    • define clear team development results to achieve optimum performance
    • select the appropriate leadership style to enable positive development of teams and individuals
    • understand the underlying dynamics of power and position, and to use this to reflect on personal responses to power in a team
    • understanding of the concept of leadership and leadership styles, and how own style impacts the team
    • integrate the programme material into a business plan developed for an existing organisation or a new business opportunity
    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​The successful participant will be equipped to:

    • describe the basic concept of systems thinking and intrapreneurship/entrepreneurship and conduct a feasibility study of business opportunities, reflecting a systems approach to management
    • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of financial management
    • have a holistic perspective on the concept of the value chain and its impact, and understand the need for the concept within the organisation
    • define clear team development results to achieve optimum performance
    • select the appropriate leadership style to enable positive development of teams and individuals
    • understand the underlying dynamics of power and position, and to use this to reflect on personal responses to power in a team
    • understanding of the concept of leadership and leadership styles, and how own style impacts the team
    • integrate the programme material into a business plan developed for an existing organisation or a new business opportunity
    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​​

    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​

    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.


    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

  • context

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on contextual, foundational and environmental content.

    ​​

    people

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on human resources and people development content.

    function

    Programmes falling within this category will focus on specific function or task specific content.

Please note: In order to keep the structure and content of this programme relevant it is subject to change.

  • Venue

    Date

    Cape Town;
    Modular
    Starting 14 May 2018


  • Cape Town;
    Modular
    Starting 14 May 2018


  • Gaborone;
    Modular
    Starting 21 May 2018


  • Windhoek;
    Modular
    Starting 04 June 2018


  • Simunye;
    Modular
    Starting 25 June 2018


  • Cape Town;
    Short course
    21 - 22 July 2016


  • Cape Town;
    Short course
    30 - 31 August 2016


  • Cape Town;
    Short course
    16 - 20 April 2018


  • Cape Town;
    Short course
    16 - 20 July 2018


  • Gaborone;
    Short course
    Starting 16 July 2018


  • Windhoek;
    Short course
    06 - 10 August 2018


  • Cape Town;
    Modular
    Starting 11 June 2018


  • Johannesburg;
    Modular
    Starting 04 June 2018


  • Durban;
    Modular
    Starting 23 July 2018


  • Gaborone;
    Modular
    Starting 20 March 2018


    Download flyer for full info on dates
  • Price

    R12 500
  • Kindly contact us for fees
  • $4 200
  • Starts at R10 500 (refer to the flyer)
  • Starts at R10 500 (refer to the flyer)
  • Starts at R10 500 (refer to the flyer)
  • Starts at R10 500 (refer to the flyer)
  • R22 700 (including VAT)
  • Starts at R10 500 (refer to the flyer)
  • $4 950
Policies​​
  • Partnerships

    Masterstart

    .
  • Getsmarter

    .
  • The Empowerment Academy

    .
  • Sustainability Institute

    .
  • Old Mutual Investment Group

    .
  • The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA)

    .
  • INSEAD

    .
  • Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa

    .
  • Global Natives

    .
  • Mzumbe University

    .
  • SEED Educational Trust

    .
  • The Ethics Institute

    .
  • IDM

    .
  • Vlerick Leuven Gent

    .
  • University of Lincoln

    .
  • Partnerships

    Masterstart

    .
  • Getsmarter

    .
  • The Empowerment Academy

    .
  • Sustainability Institute

    .
  • Old Mutual Investment Group

    .
  • The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA)

    .
  • INSEAD

    .
  • Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa

    .
  • Global Natives

    .
  • Mzumbe University

    .
  • SEED Educational Trust

    .
  • The Ethics Institute

    .
  • IDM

    .
  • Vlerick Leuven Gent

    .
  • University of Lincoln

    .
  • Partnerships

    Masterstart

    .
  • Getsmarter

    .
  • The Empowerment Academy

    .
  • Sustainability Institute

    .
  • Old Mutual Investment Group

    .
  • The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA)

    .
  • INSEAD

    .
  • Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa

    .
  • Global Natives

    .
  • Mzumbe University

    .
  • SEED Educational Trust

    .
  • The Ethics Institute

    .
  • IDM

    .
  • Vlerick Leuven Gent

    .
  • University of Lincoln

    .