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Stanford LEAD Certificate Preview: Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation

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The Course

Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation

This course focuses on a framework for thinking about the organizational ecosystem, and how we can use a human-centered design process to effectively diagnose the roots of very common organizational problems (e.g., lack of coordination and trust between units, shortage of time for creative thinking, loss of top talent).

In this LEAD Preview course, you will

  • Investigate facets of organizations that underpin an organization's culture, what a strong organizational culture really means, and how to build it
  • Work with a partner to visually depict an organization's culture
  • Compare and contrast the organizational cultures of two companies to gain insight into how an organizational culture can be built and maintained, and how organizational cultures function

The full Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation course in the LEAD Certificate studies the interplay among formal structure, routines, informal networks, and culture in shaping organizational performance, change, innovation, and employee engagement.

What to expect

  • Begin with a virtual live kickoff session hosted by LEAD Course Facilitator & MBA Alum, Jonathan Daves on March 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Watch video lectures, study course materials, and complete a team assignment
  • Join a virtual live interactive session led by Professor Sarah Soule on April 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time 

About the LEAD Certificate Program

This Preview is exclusively from the Stanford LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation, an immersive online program taught by tenured GSB faculty. The program is designed to be completed in one year and comprises 8 courses, including 3 required foundation courses and 5 electives of your choice. Upon completion of all 8 courses, 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Stanford GSB Certificate are awarded.

  • Learn at your own pace, on your own turf with video lectures, live virtual events, and assignments
  • Build an exclusive network of professionals from around the globe who are committed to driving change in their organizations
  • Exchange ideas and collaborate with renowned Stanford GSB faculty, thought leaders, and experienced peers through class-wide discussions, small team projects, and direct faculty feedback

Enrollment in the LEAD Certificate program is limited and tuition is $16,000. There is no fee to apply and no GMAT is required.

The Instructor

Sarah Soule

Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior

Sarah A. Soule is the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business. Her major areas of interest are organizational theory, social movements, and political sociology. She has written two recent books, the first with Cambridge University Press, entitled Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility, and the second with Norton, called A Primer on Social Movements. She is the series editor for the Cambridge University Press Contentious Politics series. She is a member of the founding team of the new journal, Sociological Science, an open access journal that is disrupting academic publishing. She has served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations, is currently a member Board of Advisors to the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the Stanford Fellowship program, and is currently serving on the faculty advisory board to the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership. She has taught a number of courses with the Stanford, and is the Faculty Director for the Executive Program on Social Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business. She has served as a judge for the Center for Social Innovation Fellowship program, and for the Tech Awards (Tech Museum of Innovation).

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Sociology, Cornell University, 1995
  • MA in Sociology, Cornell University, 1991
  • BA in Sociology, University of Vermont, 1989


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