* 10% Early Enrollment Discount available until October 19, 2021
What if innovation was about being productively wrong?
Upon hearing the word “innovating,” our minds are trained to hear or read that word and imagine end results awash with flash and grandeur: a revolutionary product launch; a cure for a centuries-old illness; pristine robots programmed to handle manufacturing operations. While these “end results” are undoubtedly impressive, they expose a flaw in our thinking about what “innovating” really means and how innovations are developed.
Innovations lack novelty as they emerge. They begin with resources that already exist. We only deem them innovations in hindsight, without regard for the active, nonlinear process—full of twists and turns, challenges and progress—that scales them up to real-world impact. The innovations we celebrate today are the end product of incredible effort, but also—or more importantly, as some may argue—of productive setbacks and persistence, all of which originate from a simple hunch.
The challenge is to scale it up.
With MIT Professional Education’s online program “ Systematic Innovation: Scaling Up from a Hunch,” you will discover how to do so.
Large innovators that outperform their big-company peers put more money behind their innovation programs—1.4 times more as a percentage of sales*—and they get far greater payoffs: four times as much as a percentage of sales (+300).
Source: BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
Over the next 10 years, around 50% of the companies* currently on the Fortune 500 list will be replaced. The life expectancy of large companies is rapidly declining as startups enter the market at a rapid pace. Innovation helps these companies to remain relevant.
The number of companies reporting that innovation is among their organizations’ top three priorities.
Source: BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
An online program on how to do innovation and scale up from a hunch
Beginning with your initial hunch and the resources you already have, you will explore the systematic process of innovating. In doing so you will examine the role of critical thinking in innovating, design your own toolkit to solve real-world problems, and learn more about the benefits this framework can offer you and your organization.
The skills you will develop
This program offers a fresh approach—a doer’s approach—to innovating. Aspiring innovators will explore how to turn their “hunches” into tangible, real-world problems by learning to envision the organizations that can solve them. You will discover the advantages of converting challenges into opportunities and acquire the necessary tools and techniques to work with parts and people to move forward in your innovating. Throughout this program, you will:
Delve into hunches:
what they look like and their central role in solving real-world problems.
Examine the solvable, recognizable, and verifiable attributes
by getting acquainted with their fundamental attributes: solvability, recognizability, and verifiability.
Engage in a process of critical thinking
to prototype and scale up your problem.
Develop a kit for innovating, incorporating the strategies
and tools needed to transform hunches into real-world impact.
Work with strategies
for scoping out a space of opportunity.
Address significant problems with limited resources
by bringing them down to table scale.
Discover how to secure the tangible and non-tangible resources
needed to scale up your work.
Explore how to collect and use data and information appropriately
and to your advantage to write a final technology-problem report that advances your innovating.
This program is directed to
Innovating is a cornerstone of business. In this cross-sectional program, professionals from any industry, business model, or position in an organization will benefit from the tools, skills, and knowledge on offer. This program is aimed at professionals with an enthusiasm for innovating, including:
- C-SUITE AND MANAGERS UNDERGOING TRANSFORMATIVE PROCESSES
in which innovation is central to success.
- ENTREPRENEURS OF TECH START-UPS
with innovative aspirations.
- TECHNICAL EXPERTS
with a strong interest in technology and innovation.
across all industries on the path to discovering how to truly innovate in their business operations.
Meet the Faculty of this program
MIT Faculty Director of Innovation Teams Enterprise (MIT Engineering and MIT Sloan) Innovator, Educator, Author, AI Problem Solver
“If you are hoping for a straight path to impact, innovating may appear daunting at first. You need a lot of information to trace changes at the outcome all the way back to the beginnings”
Luis Perez-Breva, Ph.D., is an expert in technological innovation, an entrepreneur, and the author of Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to be Productively Wrong (MIT Press, 2017).
Currently, Perez-Breva directs the MIT Innovation Teams (iTeams) Program, MIT’s flagship, hands-on innovation program operated jointly by the Institute’s School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management. During his tenure, iTeams has shepherded more than 170 MIT technologies to discover a path to impact. Perez-Breva co-led the Innovation Pillar of the MIT Skoltech Initiative and collaborates with MIT’s innovation initiatives in Portugal, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. He has taught innovating as a skill worldwide to professionals and students from all disciplines and has gotten them started on innovating from any basis: hunches, real-world problems, engineering problem sets, and research breakthroughs.
Perez-Breva is a serial innovator with achievements in emergency cell phone location technologies currently deployed worldwide and a fully automated portfolio allocation and trading system. As an innovator and entrepreneur, he has also worked on genetics and healthcare intelligence, and has developed several non-profit organizations, including building a new university centered around innovation. He has numerous stories to share from his trial-anderror adventures to conceive artificial intelligence technologies that tackle real-world problems and drive them to market.
Perez-Breva holds degrees in chemical engineering, physics, business, and artificial intelligence from universities in Spain (Institut Quimic de Sarrià), France (Ecole Normale Supérieure), and the United States (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). In 2011, his career achievements were recognized with the Order of Civil Merit of the Kingdom of Spain. In 2011, the Government of Spain recognized his career achievements with the Order of Civil Merit of the Kingdom of Spain.