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Open Mindedness and Innovation Processes

Module Details
Audience: Executives
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Miami Herbert Business School, University of Miami


A) Workshop Objectives

  1. Demonstrate how mental models inhibit innovation
  2. Illustrate need to surface and challenge assumptions and the status quo
  3. Identify way to create an environment that fosters innovation
  4. Understand differences between types of innovation
  5. Explore ways to create Innovation Competencies

B) Contents

  1. Examples of mental models and their impact on perception, thought, and action
  2. Investigate company examples of successful and failed innovation
  3. Identify how to create a Culture of Innovation
  4. Discuss key concepts and tips for personalized Action Plans

C) Methodology

  1. Individual-level experiential exercises demonstrate power of assumptions and key factors in the innovation process
  2. Interactive discussion of innovation successes and failures
  3. Team activity to illustrate challenges in the process of innovation

D) Cases, Readings & Other Material

  1. No pre-work required


John M. Mezias

Dr. John M. Mezias is a faculty member in the Management Department at Miami Herbert Business School, University of Miami. His interests are in Strategic Adaptation, Cultural Transformation, Innovation, Leadership Development, and Networking. He has worked with such firms as AstraZeneca, Audi Latin America, Celistics, Covidien, Fujitsu, GE Infrastructure, Havas Media, LG, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Monsanto, Nestle, Novartis, PepsiCo Brazil, Roche, Royal Caribbean, Symantec, and Visa Latin America.


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