We develop innovative leaders through culture, capabilities, and hands-on learning in our applied innovation courses.
The process starts with the careful selection of Berkeley MBA students, who have demonstrated leadership and exemplify the school's defining principles. Exploration of innovative leadership begins in Week Zero (orientation) and continues throughout your Berkeley MBA studies, with emphasis on such capabilities as problem framing, leadership communication, and team performance.
You take a required applied innovation course that gives you practice in solving real-world business problems and that emphasizes innovative leader capabilities. These experiential opportunities range from corporate innovation projects with major firms to global consulting work.
A prerequisite to the applied innovation course is Problem Finding, Problem Solving, a course that teaches you several different modes of thinking in order to find, frame, and solve difficult problems that are characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Another module provides you with skill development and individual and group coaching on how to be an effective leader of a high performance team.
A series of electives give you the option of studying various aspects of innovative leadership in greater depth, including cutting-edge courses such as Open Innovation and Managing the New Product Development Process.