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Managing and Leading for Innovation, Change and Disruption

Managing and Leading for Innovation, Change and Disruption

Learn how to navigate and encourage change, innovation and disruption as a manager and leader, on this innovative summer programme from Oxford Royale Academy.

A one-week intensive course, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

It is often said that in business the only certainty is constant change.

Indeed, the rate of change is accelerating at a break-neck pace, and speed and agility are rapidly becoming two critical 21st century success factors for organisations and teams.

Nevertheless, many organisations have difficulty keeping up with emerging technologies and frequently suffer from ‘organisational and managerial inertia’ that can threaten a company’s survival and act as an obstacle to sustainable growth.

Managers and leaders often face an ongoing challenge in motivating and engaging staff in a constantly moving business landscape and many ‘change’ initiatives that aim to move an organisation with the times and at the speed of change fail due to poor leadership and resistance to change. This course aims to provide managers and leaders with an essential toolkit to enable them to facilitate change readiness in their teams with the goal of reducing this resistance to change, adopt an innovation mindset and accept that disruptive thinking is an essential requirement of everyday organisational and business life. Additionally, this course will raise participants’ awareness of seeing change and ‘disruption’ from the point of view of those being disrupted as well as support them in developing inner courage and a willingness to face disruption.

Finally, the course will include a wide range of case studies of companies who have successfully implemented change programmes as well as case studies of startups who have successfully implemented disruptive innovation thinking such as Uber, Etsy, Lyft, Netflix, apple, Tesla, Spotify all of which that have substantially changed the industries they operate in.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • How to develop and promote a disruptive innovation mindset in a team to enable a consistent flow of ideas in to the innovation pipeline
  • The critical contribution that best practice change leadership and change management skills can play in changing negative attitudes and behaviours in a team to build greater creativity, engagement and adaptability
  • How to select and apply the most appropriate innovation frameworks to fit a specific organisation’s context
  • How to implement the strategic plan drawn up on the course with a team

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Managing and leading change- core models
Seminar 1: Applying the change management and leadership models to real world cases
Tuesday Lecture 2: Key innovation models- types of innovation, portfolio management and the innovation lifecycle
Seminar 2:Introducing the innovation canvas challenge-team competition
Wednesday Lecture 3: Disruptive innovation theory- Christensen’s model
Seminar 3: Applying the disruptive innovation process model to a real-world challenge
Thursday Lecture 4: Identifying disruptive technologies and disruptive trends
Seminar 4: Designing disruption – balancing the need to become customer focused innovators against the change needs of the team
Friday Lecture 5: Formulating a disruptive strategy and disruptive innovation plan
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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