Corporate Innovation: Strategies for Leveraging Ecosystems

Course starts 28 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
20 October 2020
Course Starts:
28 October 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, self paced learning online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
MIT Sloan School of Management


Innovation is imperative in the fast-paced landscape of contemporary business. Forward-thinking managers understand that a strategy for innovation must be an integral part of an organization’s primary operation in order to remain competitive.

This online executive program offers a unique iEcosystem framework, designed by MIT faculty, to help companies align internal and external processes, leverage key stakeholders, and overcome business challenges through innovation. Gain access to this framework, along with a range of cutting-edge concepts and tools, enabling you to foster a culture of sustainable innovation in your organization.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to assess your team’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • The tools and frameworks to facilitate ongoing innovation in your company
  • A tailored innovation strategy designed for your organization

Is this course for you?

This program is designed for decision makers who want to improve their organization’s capacity to formulate and implement innovative strategies, as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders launching new offerings. By exploring the key levers of innovation, it’ll offer you the tools to remove barriers and effectively drive change in your business. Whether you’re an executive, consultant, business strategist, or are simply a professional with innovative ideas, this course could help you.

Course curriculum

Learn to identify opportunities for innovation as you work through the weekly modules of this course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Innovation and its challenges
  • Module 2 Innovation in ecosystems, with stakeholders
  • Module 3 Innovation-driven entrepreneurship and experimental innovation loops
  • Module 4 Corporate stakeholders in innovation ecosystems
  • Module 5 Innovation practices as tools of engagement: hackathons, accelerators, and prize competitions
  • Module 6 Leading innovation in an ecosystem

Drive innovation in your organization

This MIT Sloan online program is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you learn to lead breakthrough innovation in your organization in this online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Faculty Directors

The design of this online program is guided by MIT Sloan faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray

William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT
Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative


Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship, and an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also the co-director of MIT-wide Innovation Initiative. She serves on the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology and has been awarded a CBE for her services to innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK. She is on the board of private biotechnology company Celixir and on the Global Advisory Board of MassChallenge.

Murray is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. She has a special interest in the commercialization of science from idea to impact and the mechanisms that can be effectively used to link universities with entrepreneurs, large corporations, and philanthropists in that process. In her recent scholarship and writing, Murray has emphasized the ways in which women and under-represented minorities are engaged in innovation ecosystem, and the ways in which different approaches to evaluating early stage ideas can overcome the unconscious bias that she has documented in entrepreneurial funding.

Her work is widely published in a range of journals, including Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, American Journal of Sociology, Research Policy, Organization Science, and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. She brings her deep appreciation of R&D to an understanding of global innovation economy and to the ways in which the next generation of global innovators should be educated. Murray received her BA ’89 and MA ‘90 from the University of Oxford in chemistry. She subsequently moved to the United States and earned an AM ’92 and PhD ’96 from Harvard University in applied sciences.


Phil Budden

Phil Budden

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management , MIT Sloan School of Management


Phil Budden is a senior lecturer at MIT's Management School, in Sloan's TIES (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management) Group, where he focuses on 'innovation-driven entrepreneurship' (IDE) and innovation ecosystems. Phil co-teaches in the successful 'Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program' (REAP), an MIT Global Program for regional teams from around the globe interested in accelerating 'innovation-driven entrepreneurship' and in a related class, known as 'Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration for Leaders' (REAL), aimed at mid-career exec MBAs. He also lectures on similar topics to executives in a variety of executive education settings, including the on-campus program, ‘Innovation Ecosystems’. Phil's approach combines researched, real-world and personal perspectives on how leaders from all the different stakeholders — including entrepreneurs, universities and 'risk capital' providers, alongside corporate enterprises and government policymakers — can all contribute to building successful innovation ecosystems.

Phil has previously worked for the British Government, and the Royal Bank of Scotland's U.S. subsidiary (Citizens Bank). For executives from around the world, Phil’s background in diplomacy and banking makes him well-suited to outlining ‘innovation', the interplay among stakeholders, and the negotiations within 'innovation ecosystems' (especially between Corporate and Government stakeholders). Phil holds a BA and MA in History from Lincoln College, the University of Oxford; an MA in History and Government from Cornell University; and a PhD (DPhil) in History and International Political Economy, also from the University of Oxford.

Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Learn to lead innovation in your organization through ecosystem engagement and earn an official certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

This program also counts towards an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn by completing four programs – three from your chosen certificate track and one completed in person.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 October 2020.

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