Design Leadership and Innovation, Certificate | Part time online | Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) | Netherlands
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Design Leadership and Innovation

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695 EUR/full
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However, innovation is a challenging endeavor that requires strategic thinking, customer focus, the right organizational climate, and an effective management approach. The Design Leadership and Innovation course is offered at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).


Key facts

Designers, with their specific skills, can take a major part in driving innovation. This is already successfully happening in companies like SAP, Pepsi-Co and Philips, where design professionals play a leading role in steering innovation. Inspired by these cases, this design course is aimed at designers who would like to take a more active role in the innovative efforts of companies, and who want to go beyond executing new product/service design briefs.

The Design Leadership and Innovation course at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is aimed at strategic designers with an interest in acquiring a more senior position in the company or even becoming a Chief Design Officer (CDO). Designers with ambition to better understand and develop their strategic potential, become sparring partners in crafting briefs, and influence strategic decision-making within their organizations will also gain a lot from this course.

Quotes from students attending the offline master class:
  • "The instructor did a great job - she is clearly passionate about what she does, she is engaging and dynamic. Keep going and keep evolving how you facilitate these kinds of groups!''
  • "The external speakers were very inspiring to learn from - they were well selected."
  • "I valued the fact that the course goes beyond design thinking tools and looks also at capabilities and practices."
  • ''I liked the approach of looking beyond (the design of) the artefact itself and focus on the added value it brings to both the end user and producer. Being designer it is too easy to focus on the product itself. While in the end it is all about the added value the product brings that will define a large portion of its success."

By using a three-step approach for leading and managing strategic innovation projects, this course will teach you how to harness your existing design practices - such as envisioning, orchestrating, inspiring, etc. - and transform them into powerful innovation drivers. You will learn how to use these practices to impact strategic decision-making, win stakeholders' support, and identify relevant KPIs. You will also learn how to adapt your design practices and design-driven way of working to a particular company. Finally, you will practice some design methods to make your impact durable over time.

Through a combination of short lectures, given by design and innovation experts, practical exercises, webinar and individualized feedback, you will learn which design capabilities and practices are most valued by companies, and how to use them effectively for improving a company's innovation performance. To help you gain a better understanding of innovation, you will:

  • Learn how your strategic contributions can help companies create and capture value through innovation.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the organization you are working in.
  • Utilize this understanding to effectively interact with management and other stakeholders.

The lecturers instructing this course are experts in the field of Strategic Value of Design, with experience in teaching this course to Master students at TU Delft, as well as executives through masterclasses at TU Delft. The masterclass on this subject has been highly recommended by design professionals.

By the end of this course, you will know how to effectively communicate your value in a company and how to fulfill leadership positions within your organization. You will also be encouraged to interact with one another and other design professionals.

What you'll learn
  • A 3-step process for leading strategic design projects.
  • 8 strategic design practices and related tools.
  • A KPI-driven way of looking at companies.
  • A way of thinking that combines design principles and business sense.
Certificates and CEUs

If you successfully complete this course you will earn a professional education certificate and you are eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Programme Structure

Course syllabus

  • Week 1: Enabling design leadership
  • working practices for leading strategic innovation projects. As a basis for the course, we will provide you with a 3 step process for leading innovation process and with a self-assessment tool for your evaluating your design leadership 'readiness'.
  • Week 2: Preparing the ground
  • Learn to understand your company for strategic purposes. We will help you identify the core drivers of your company's business, culture and offering to enable you to claim and practice your design leadership.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is primarily geared towards working professionals. Design background and knowledge of main design methods are recommended.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    695 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 695 EUR for the full programme during 1 months.
  • EU/EEA

    695 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 695 EUR for the full programme during 1 months.


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