Executive Education

Innovative Leadership in a Connected World

A key challenge facing businesses is to enhance their internal capabilities in order to enable the next phase of growth. While firms understand that the ability to innovate is the “secret sauce” of business success, however, organizations struggle with finding and creating innovative people for their organizations. We often hear questions from executives such as: “how do I make our executives more innovative?” or “how do executives come up with groundbreaking ideas?”

The Executive Development Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign trains senior executives and high potential managers to accelerate their personal growth in terms of innovative leadership in their organizations. From intensive one or two-day courses focused on a particular topic of interest to detailed longer-term executive engagement covering a wide range of management topics, our portfolio of executive education programs are designed to advance the career development goals of the executives so that they can position their organizations for sustained future growth.

Custom Engagements with Client Organizations

We specialize in custom engagements addressing the specific business challenges of a particular organization. A Course Director from Illinois will work with the Client organization to co-create and co-develop course modules. Faculty members chosen to deliver the modules will be briefed by the Course Director on the expectations and potential deliverables so as to meet the education needs of the Client.  Our team will also work with you to provide specialized modules to enhance your existing in-house executive development programs.

Examples of Custom Programs

  • Building and Sustaining Innovative Growth-Oriented Organizations
  • Building Future CEOs (Chief Entrepreneurial Officers)
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Developing Customer-centric Organizations
  • Understanding and Implementing Customer Co-creation Strategies
  • Dealing with Disruptive Threats
  • Design Thinking for Managers
  • Managing Effectively in Mature Markets
  • Learning from, and Competing in, Emerging Markets
  • Developing Corporate Intrapreneurship
  • Strategic Management of Human Capital for Enhanced Innovativeness
  • Authority, Influence, and Conflict Management
  • Negotiation for Executives
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Finance Perspectives
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Project Management
  • Process Mapping and Quality Improvement
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Management
  • Value Pricing
  • Business for Scientists & Engineers
  • Business for Healthcare Executives

Please contact us to discuss the ways in which we can add value to your organization.

Contact Us

Amanda Brantner
Director, Executive Education
(217) 244-8497

Carlos Torelli
Professor of Business Administration and CPR Faculty Fellowship
(217) 300-4158

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