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Innovation Management (Online Short Course)

Innovation Management (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Inaki Arbelaiz


This course provides a hands-on and practical approach to innovation management, and is delivered by lecturers from Central Saint Martins respected MA in Innovation Management. The course is results-oriented, and provides an overview of the whole innovation process, from idea origination, through to designing and launching an innovation implementation and management plan.

The course will be taught through a combination of practical online workshops with weekly assignments, and specific multimedia material. You will be assigned practical tasks each week to complete outside of the lessons. These will develop your innovation project, and you will receive personal developmental feedback on your work each week. To get the best results from the course, it is recommended that you spend 1.5 hours a week on your assignments.

The course will be split into three sections;

  1. Stage One: Contexts and Possibilities
    • Selecting areas for innovation (and selecting your personal project)
    • Context and Stakeholder analysis
  2. Stage Two: Developing an Innovation Project
    • Setting the objectives for an innovation project
    • Understanding the innovation application paths
    • Planning innovation strategies, processes and workshops
    • Elaborating the content of the processes and workshops
  3. Stage Three: Output and Delivery
    • Writing the backbone of an innovation management plan
    • Delivering the innovation management plan

By the end of this course you will;

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to structure, write and deliver a basic innovation management plan
  • Learn the importance of contextual innovation
  • Understand how to apply specific approaches to different contexts and organisations
  • Complete a visual and written innovation plan which can be applied in real life situations
  • Receive feedback from industry professionals and CSM lecturers on a real project you are involved in

Who is Innovation Management (Online) for
This course is suitable for beginners or managers with some innovation experience. The course is practical, and so it will suit managers or entrepreneurs, innovation and product managers who are currently or planning to be involved in innovation management. If you enjoy the course, you could consider taking the subject further, with the Central Saint Martins MA in Innovation Management.
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and over.

Why choose a CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Time Buddy.

Tutor Description

Iñaki Arbelaiz Is a trained MsC Architect and Urbanist, MsC Industrial Design and UX, and has an extensive international experience working on spatial innovation and urban behaviour, innovation systems design and roll out, and creative and service-oriented organizational design. This experience includes work on areas of urban invigoration in Russia, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Netherlands. Current projects include the Creative Systematic for the Basque Culinary Centre and Innovation Service Design for Ferrovial-Amey UK. He is also a visiting practitioner on the MA Innovation Management programme at Central Saint Martins.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions

Suggested Readings

We recommend you read these books either before or during the course.

How to be an artist, Michael Atavar. Ed. Kiosk Publishing
The Mom Test, Rob Fitzpatrick. Ed. Foundercentric
Creativity in context.  Amabile, T. (1996). New York: Westview Press
The Knowledge Enterprise Innovation Lessons from Industry Leaders (2nd Edition).  Edward Huizenga (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Benthurst & Co, The Netherlands) (2014). Available at:

Lola Barrera e Iñaki Peñafiel, Alicia Produce (2006)
Documentary on Down Syndrome created art. Understand how the sister of the main artist manages the creative process of an uncertain artist, with how to innovate in the introduction of a leftfield artist into the art world.

Nestlé Innovation Acceleration Team

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