Courses in Corporate Innovation

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Undergraduate Courses

UGBA 198: Open Innovation Leveraging IBM Watson

The UGBA 198 course offers technical and business students access to the Watson Developer Cloud to learn about the technical aspects of cognitive computing, including ingesting, building and training a corpus, and then in the second half of the semester, using that information to build a cognitive app and developing a business model as a precursor to taking their ideas to market. The course is intended to help educate and empower the next generation of innovators with an opportunity to ‘change the world’ with their access to Watson. The students taking this course will be among the first to have hands-on access to the cutting-edge Watson technology, enabling them to develop innovative ideas to solve the most pressing problems of industry and society. And from a skills perspective this course will further enhance the students’ marketability. Gartner Inc., a research firm predicts that 4.4 million IT jobs will be created to support Big Data by 2015.

UGBA 198 Syllabus & Schedule

UGBA 190T: Business Innovation & Business Models

UGBA 190T  has been a very popular  course over past three years. Our students’ innovative solutions were proudly featured in the media and were applauded by the participating executives. The students learn the process of Open Innovation Management. The main objective of the course is to solve a real company’s problem or challenge. Students work in groups of five with Senior Corporate Executives who present their business challenges. The groups tap into both internal and external ideas, generated on ideation platforms, to explore and create innovative business models to deliver products and services. Sourcing of external ideas from a larger and diverse population is preferred to build good business models.

UGBA 190T Syllabus & Schedule

UGBA 193i: Open Innovation & Business Models in India–Travel Study Program

In the UGBA 193i students research and study “Open Innovation Business Models” that focus on Frugal Innovations (Jugaad Innovations). These are products and services that are offered at low cost /high quality creating “Value for Many” vs. “Value for Money”, models that are more relevant to majority of the world’s consumers of today and tomorrow. The Jugaad models being innovated in India have the potential to disrupt the high margin models in the developed world. In addition, they promote greener and more sustainable approaches to preserve our planet.

Many innovations in health care, telemedicine, medical equipment, refrigeration, cookery and prosthetics etc. fall into this category. Students will be exposed to models that ordinate in the 3rd world but have a global appeal and impact in the developed world.

IGBA 193i syllabus & schedule

Graduate Courses

MBA 290T-2: Managing Innovation & Change

Instructor: Henry Chesbrough

Abstract Most innovations fail. Yet companies that don’t innovate die. Managing innovation thus constitutes one of the most difficult and critical tasks facing a manager. Nor is this solely the concern of high tech companies – companies in traditionally “low tech” businesses such as consumer packaged goods (like Procter & Gamble) find that innovation translates directly into growth in new businesses, and better profits in existing businesses. The course adopts a capabilities-based view of the firm, drawing from economic, organizational, and engineering perspectives. The goal of the course is to identify the sources of innovative success and failure inside corporations, and how companies can develop and sustain a capability to innovate. Managing Innovation is divided into five modules: The first module is understanding disruptive technology, a theory of why great companies fail in managing certain types of technological change. This theory was introduced by Clayton Christensen in his book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. I taught with Clay for 6 years while at Harvard Business School. The second module is about Innovation and the Business Model. The sources of failure for great companies lie in what they do very well. The business model that has created great success, is a barrier to change, as well as a source of advantage. Disruptive Technologies fundamentally challenge the company’s current business model – which is why they are so disruptive. The third module examines Sources of Innovative Ideas. Once we understand the barriers to change, we must then find out how companies can overcome their disabilities, and where to look for new ideas. We will examine university research, military research, individual inventors, and corporate discovery processes. The fourth module considers Creating Innovation Capabilities. These are alternative ways that companies have tried to escape the limits of their current business. We will examine these experiments, and look for processes and structures (including incubators, spin-offs, corporate venture capital) that attempt to sustain a company’s success. The fifth and final module discusses Business Model Innovation. The first four modules took the business model as essentially fixed. In this last module, we relax this assumption, and then examine ways companies can experiment with their business model. We will also discuss limits on companies’ abilities to do this, and how those might be overcome.

EW2907: Open Business Models & Open Innovation

Business Model Creation through Collaborative and Interactive Learning
Project Based Course working with Senior Corporate Executives

This course presents an opportunity for those students who are passionate about employing their innovative and creative talents to learn the process of Open Innovation to address the business model challenges of real companies. To demonstrate the solid understanding of the process, concepts and strategies, the students work in groups of five to seven to formulate a solution to the problems the companies are currently facing. Students work with respective Senior Corporate Executives who present their challenges. This includes exploring new business models and prospective markets in light of the changing economic landscape, social trends, and emerging technological advances. The intent of the course is to create heterogeneous groups to leverage the diverse experiences, skill-sets, and tacit knowledge of individuals within each group to frame and solve problems. The groups tap into both internal and external ideas, generated on ideation platforms, to explore and create innovative business models to deliver products and services. Sourcing of external ideas from a larger and diverse population is preferred in building good business models.

EW290T Syllabus & Schedule