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Henley Strategic Innovation Programme

At a glance

  • Evolve a fresh perspective on thinking strategically
  • Advance your skills to scale innovation into a revenue-generating business
  • Gain the confidence to think more strategically and foster a future-focused mindset where innovation thrives
  • Enhance your skills to articulate your ambition for innovation
  • Develop an initial 30-day plan to help get stakeholders onboard with your innovation strategy
Subject area(s)
Short course
£6,250 + VAT
Course length
3 days
Suitable for
Individuals within leadership roles who want to drive innovation

Start dates

5 Jun 2024

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus

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All programmes are subject to limited availability. We recommend booking by Monday 6 May, to guarantee sufficient time for your enrolment and on-boarding.


The Henley Strategic Innovation Programme is intended for senior executives who are committed to promoting a greater degree of innovation resulting in the profitable growth of your organisation.

The programme will offer you contemporary perspectives on innovation based on the bestselling books Corporate Explorer and The Corporate Explorer Fieldbook. It will fundamentally challenge the notion that innovation is predominantly the preserve of startups and entrepreneurial organisations and will offer a blueprint for building new businesses within established organisations.

You will learn from case studies of best practices and research-based and rigorous frameworks. You will have the opportunity to apply these frameworks to your organisation and to share your thinking with fellow participants from other sectors.

Key benefits

  • Develop a fresh perspective on thinking strategically

  • Find a way of articulating an ambition for innovation

  • Scale the innovation into a revenue-generating business

  • Generate an integrative business design, and an innovation plan.

£6,250 + VAT (in-person, including residential costs).


Standard rate VAT is applicable for UK businesses; overseas businesses based in the EU without a VAT number; and individuals based in the UK, EU or rest of the world.

The Henley Strategic Innovation Programme is delivered through group work, best practice case studies and rigorous frameworks, as well as allowing you to collaborate and share thinking with like-minded peers in a safe and supportive space.

The programme takes place over three days, as broken down below:

Day 1

Strategy is often conflated with planning, and a key element of this process is usually analysis. This session will set the scene and offer an alternative model which suggests that good strategies come from good processes and that a healthy interaction between analysis, learning, and innovation characterises a good process. This does not happen in a vacuum, but rather in an environment of social and political interaction.

Academic authors
Tokyo Portrait 2
Andrew Binns
New profile photo
Dr Narendra Laljani

Corporates that succeed at strategic innovation set an explicit growth vision or ambition and then apply three distinct innovation disciplines to pursue that goal including:

- Ideation to identify valuable customer problems and ways to solve them

- Incubation to learn which ideas can grow into a profitable new business

- Scaling by assembling the customers, capabilities, and capacity to convert a validated idea into a fully operational business.

Academic authors
Tokyo Portrait 2
Andrew Binns
New profile photo
Dr Narendra Laljani

Day 2

Companies often start the innovation journey by generating new ideas. The problem is that these ideas are defined inside-out, based on assumptions and beliefs the company has about market opportunities. This session will help you to learn how to develop market insight free from assumptions of the past and define hunting zones in which to pursue new opportunities.

Academic authors
Tokyo Portrait 2
Andrew Binns
New profile photo
Dr Narendra Laljani

A lack of resources for startups forces them to test their ideas with minimum expenditure until they have enough evidence to convince an investor to back them. Corporates can apply the same "test and learn" approach to developing the concept for a new venture and this session will teach you to define and test the key elements of a business model for a new venture using the "business design framework".

Academic authors
Tokyo Portrait 2
Andrew Binns
New profile photo
Dr Narendra Laljani

Day 3

Strategic innovations marches to the beat of a different drum than core business operations, uncertainty is high. Managers cannot rely on the usual performance data to track progress. You will learn to diagnose the silent killers, structure an ambidextrous unit for building new ventures and build social capital as a corporate explorer.

Academic authors
Tokyo Portrait 2
Andrew Binns
New profile photo
Dr Narendra Laljani

This session will offer a synthesis of our innovation process, you will think through and capture findings and insights from the previous sessions that are relevant to your organisation. You will develop a 30-day plan of action that will give you momentum. You will also consider the social and political processes within your organisation and develop a stakeholder influencing strategy.

Academic authors
Tokyo Portrait 2
Andrew Binns
New profile photo
Dr Narendra Laljani

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

Andrew Binns

Co-Programme Director - Henley Strategic Innovation Programme

Dr Narendra Laljani

Executive Fellow

Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, Henley Business School's Greenlands campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

No.3 in the UK
for Executive Education providers for open programmes
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2023)
No. 20 in the world
for Executive Education (combined open and custom programmes) - Financial Times 2023
(Executive Education 2023: Top 50 combined ranking and school profiles)

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:

  • Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
  • Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
  • Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
  • Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.

Contact us

Open Programmes

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors.

Telephone: 01491 418767

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