International Innovation Strategies


The seminar will provide a comprehensive assessment of the current issues and concepts of International Innovation Strategies. The seminar is structured into three segments: Innovation Strategies and Organization, Innovation Processes and Performance, and Ideation Techniques. More specifically this includes:

  1. Innovation Strategies and Organization
    - Organizing Innovation in global environments
    - Innovation portfolio management - Innovation governance
  2. Innovation Processes and Performance - Innovations in process alignment - Open innovation
    - Strategic innovation management - Innovations in global M&As
  3. Ideation Techniques - Idea generation
    - Ideation techniques
    - Fostering idea processes

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key opportunities for competitive advantage through innovation
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to nurture innovative capacity in a firm and how to build, lead and sustain a creative organization
  • Develop an initial practical toolset that enables you to drive change and growth in your organization
  • Develop several management and decision-making skills with respect to innovation and R&D
  • Identify several leadership and individual roles that make innovation happen

Total Seminar Hours: 9


carsten zimmermanCarsten Zimmermann is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the University of San Diego, California, USA. He is interested in questions that relate to the role of resources, ambidextrous practices, and capabilities in early-stage internationalization and innovation. Recently, his co-edited book on ‘Strategic Reconfigurations’ has been published at Edward Elgar. Carsten holds Master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK and has worked several years at the strategic management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Capgemini Consulting. There, Carsten was engaged in projects of revenue growth, strategic sourcing, and operational effectiveness in Germany, Hungary, Russia, and the United States of America.  Building upon this experience, Carsten has helped to establish and grow dedicated executive education workshops, industry panels, and tailored executive seminars. Over the past years, he has thus been involved in executive education for various organizations in diverse industries and across multiple business functions. Recent awards include the Professor of Impact Awards 2009 and 2010, voted for by the combined University of San Diego MBA cohorts as well as the 2009 Capgemini TME Executive Education Award.