Managing Innovation

Managing Innovation:
Driving Ideas from Strategic
Initiative to Value Creation

In this program, you will come to see the management of innovation as a powerful and practical way to create value by selecting and exploiting the best new ideas — both for improvement and radical change in products, processes, positioning, platform, or paradigm. The program is based on research by David L. Francis, Ph.D. and his colleagues at CENTRIM (The Centre for Research in Innovation Management), identifying the best practices of successfully innovative organizations and leaders. You will incorporate innovation management skills and processes into your work by absorbing the results of research on exceptionally innovative organizations. You will then put that knowledge to work through structured activities, cases, and skill practice. Later, you will experience and practice many of the skills and tools used by the most successful innovation managers.

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Managing Innovation™ is a copyrighted program of Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.

Program Objectives

As a participant, you will be able to:

  • Describe best practices in innovation management
  • Analyze and begin to develop the appropriate mindsets and skill-sets for each of the five phases of the innovation journey
  • Reflect systematically on your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager of innovation
  • Identify organizational innovation capabilities and barriers
  • Participate in and facilitate a real “innovation journey.”
  • Develop an innovation agenda that can be implemented following the program.


What our clients say:

“The innovation journey is an excellent process to go through when trying to embrace and/or implement change.”

—Manager, Insurance Company

“I can speak more effectively about innovation and creativity and I can spend my time more effectively on real innovations of value.”

—Manager, Medical Device Company

“My colleague and I took the 2-day course in an effort to put some process around our intense, fast paced, biotechnology organization. We had a diverse mix of classmates who brought richness to the exercises. Both of us enjoyed the hands-on approach Barnes & Conti uses to help one build a framework around vetting innovative ideas. I’ve since taken or sent people at our company to Managing Innovation and Strategic Planning offerings at Barnes & Conti. I highly recommend the class.”

—Associate Director, Biotech Company

“The course has generated a great deal of interest in and enthusiasm for innovation. Perhaps more importantly, the value in creating a common language about innovation (i.e. what is innovation) and creating an environment for people across the organization to have a conversation about innovation cannot be underestimated. ”

Innovation Strategist and Program Manager, International Medical Device Company


Podcast on Managing Innovation

Rebecca Stern speaks to Barnes & Conti Senior Associate and innovation management Nelson Soken about innovation, innovation management, and the innovation journey.


Virtual Tour
Innovation Defined

What is innovation? Innovation is different from creativity. It involves finding ideas, exploring them, selecting, realizing, and exploiting value.

Program Overview

The Managing Innovation program takes managers through the innovation journey and looks at the characteristics of successful, innovative companies and their leaders.

Innovation Managers

Participants discuss the role of the innovation manager before embarking on the Innovation Journey

The Innovation Journey

The process for Innovation Management is like a five-phase journey. Each phase is necessary in order to realize the innovation and create value.

Avatars of Innovation

Each phase of the Innovation Journey has an avatar who embodies the skill sets and mind sets for that phase of the journey

Skill Sets and Mindsets

Participants will take an in-depth look at the skill sets and mind sets for each phase of the innovation journey. This slide is for the initial Searching phase.

Innovation Research

Managing Innovation is based on research conduction on successfully innovative organizations. Participants will look at the characteristics of these organizations.

More innovation research

Here are a few characteristics of focused leadership in successfully innovative organizations.

Conclusion: Managing Innovation

Contact Barnes & Conti to see how Managing Innovation™ can help your organization move ideas into action and create successful innovation and value!

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