About this Short Course

Innovation is no longer only the realm of traditional R & D departments.  Innovative products, processes and solutions are now co-developed with customers, employees, suppliers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, external experts and partner organisations. This has opened up a new spectrum of innovation to play on including: shared value cocreation; open innovation; corporate innovation; innovation hubs, co-labs, product cocreation and full business innovation ecosystems. These new ways of innovating bring a whole new set of challenges to navigate. This short course gives you the solutions to the new challenges that are now being faced from innovating across boundaries including: where to play on the new spectrum of innovation; how to manage, reward and retain co-innovators and new types of structures for boundary spanning, innovative projects.

How this Short Course Works

Attend live, online, interactive lessons between 17h30 and 19h30 every Tuesday for 8 weeks (recordings are available for missed sessions).  Practical activities are required to be completed and submitted to your facilitator every week (approximately 4 hours per week over and above lesson time). 45 minute 1-on-1 sessions can be booked with your facilitator anytime during the programme to assist you with your practical application. A certificate of completion is issued at the end of the programme.

Who should attend?

Executives, Managers, Leaders, Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Product Heads, Innovation Heads, Strategy Heads, Product Managers. To set up or improve upon innovation strategies, structures and processes involving a variety of internal and external stakeholders including customers, organisational partners, suppliers, external experts, start-ups, team members or entrepreneurs.



  • Identify where your organisation should be playing on the new spectrum of innovation.
  • Articulate the new rules of engagement of innovation at your organisation.
  • Implement the right structures and enabling environments for effectively innovating across boundaries.
  • Develop a process to attract, motivate, retain and reward the right co-innovators (including but not limited to customers, employees, entrepreneurs, start-ups, external experts, suppliers and partner organisations.).
  • Devise new ways to share in intellectual property.
  • Discover new leadership and management skills for boundary spanning innovations.
  • Determine how to mitigate the risks involved in the various forms of boundary spanning innovation.

Module Breakdown

Module 1 (Week 1) - The New Spectrum of Innovation

It can be difficult to decide on the level and type of innovation strategy most suitable for your organisation. There is no true ‘one size fits all’ approach. Learn and apply where and when to play between the extremes of project specific innovations and full open innovation ecosystems.

  • Discover the types and levels of innovation strategies across a new spectrum of innovation (including but not limited to cocreation, open innovation, corporate innovation and collaborative innovation.)
  • Select the types and levels of innovation strategies most suitable to your organisation.
  • Determine when to activate each type of innovation strategy and why.
  • Align suitable innovation strategies to existing organisational and research & development strategies.

Module 2 (Week 2) - New Operating Rules for Innovation Strategies

It may not make sense to utilise traditional operational rules when adopting innovative approaches. Learn and apply new types of operational rules for the new spectrum of innovation.

  • Distinguish between traditional operational rules and innovative operational rules.
  • Differentiate between project management, product management and innovation strategy management.
  • Create a set of new rules of engagement for innovating together with your customers, employees, entrepreneurs, startups and partner organisations.
  • Devise ways to include corporate governance requirements in any innovative operational rules of engagement.

Module 3 (Week 3) -Structures for New Types of Innovation

New innovation strategies require new types of innovation structures and platforms. Learn and apply new ways to structure innovation projects, innovation teams and innovation environments, both online and face-to-face.

  • Create enabling environments for your chosen innovation strategies.
  • Discover new types of innovation platforms, especially relevant to boundary spanning innovation strategies.
  • Explore best practice in innovation structures.
  • Enable flexibility and agility within innovation structures.

Module 4 (Week 4) - Boundary Spanning Innovation Teams

Boundary spanning teams consist of your own team members and organisations and individuals from external organisations. These team members do not work in the same way as traditional salaried employees. Learn and apply new ways to structure and manage boundary spanning innovation teams.

  • Classify the different possible types of team members and combination thereof in relation to boundary spanning teams.
  • Discuss the different motivators for different types of team members in boundary spanning teams.
  • Explore innovative approaches to attract, retain and reward co-innovators.
  • Formulate boundary spanning team structures with built in flexibility.

Module 5 (Week 5) - Sharing of Intellectual Property

Having both internal and external individual and organisations as co-innovators raises the question: who should own what part of the innovative products, processes or solutions produced? Learn and apply a variety of options to handle intellectual property challenges.

  • Contrast sharing of intellectual property versus one owner.
  • Analyse new models that enable sharing of intellectual property.
  • Discuss the benefits and risks of sharing intellectual property with co-innovators.
  • Explore the alternatives to the sharing of intellectual property.

Module 6 (Week 6) - Leading Innovation Projects

Innovating across organisational boundaries with customers, partner organisations, individuals who work at partner organisations, suppliers and external entrepreneurs requires a different type of leadership compared to leading teams composed only of internal people. Learn and apply these new leadership skillsets.

  • Explore the mindset and driving dynamics of an innovative leader.
  • Identify the right people to lead your innovative projects.
  • Apply the new types of leadership skillsets for boundary spanning innovations.
  • Formulate a succession plan for innovative leaders.

Module 7 (Week 7) - Mitigating the Risks of Boundary Spanning Innovation

Facing any risks and fears around new ways of innovating is far better than being left behind in the innovation stakes. Learn about the common risks associated with innovating in new ways and some practical approaches to manage these risks.

  • Discuss both the benefits and risks of innovating across boundaries.
  • Identify the potential risks of innovating across boundaries in your own organisation.
  • Discover how to reduce the risks of innovating across boundaries.
  • Develop a risk mitigation strategy as part of your chosen innovation strategy.

Integrated Application (Week 8)

Apply an integrated version of all strategies, structures and processes developed throughout the course of this programme to kick off a new boundary-spanning, innovative project at your organisation or improve upon existing boundary-spanning, innovative projects.

Programme Details 3


Online Short Course


8 weeks

Registration Ends:

17 December 2021

Start Date:

11 January 2022


R11 499pp all inclusive (ZAR – South African Rands) 

Weekly Hours:

4 to 6 hours (2 hours online per week, plus application based activities). Live online learning is conducted on Tuesdays from 17h30 – 19h30 GMT +2 with recordings made available to registrants. 

Customised Training

A customised, face-to-face version of this training is available for organisations with groups of 8 or more learners. Reduced group rates will apply. Please contact us. 

Your Lead Facilitator - Lauren Fleiser

Lauren is the creator of The Collective Organisation, a platform and content where the latest insights on practical cocreation and open innovation insights are shared. She is the originator of the innovative 'Value Contributor' Methods specifically designed for cocreated projects and products. Lauren is a leading expert on all things cocreation and open innovation for corporates and startups. She is the author of 'The Collective Organisation' , a concept she lives and breathes each day which introduces the ultimate solutions to boundary spanning challenges. Lauren is a co-owner in a cocreated tech startup in the education industry. She has a BCom, MBA and is an Internationally Qualified Trainer.