Accelerate Innovation with Supply Chain Technology

£995.00 + VAT


The need for understanding and leading change has never been greater. As organisations become leaner and more competitive, supply chains become more effective and integrated, and as information systems and communications become faster and more sophisticated it is vital that managers need to be able to lead and manage change at all levels in their organisation.

By the end of the course, participants will:
  • Why businesses change
  • How businesses are structured and change their structures
  • How the supply chain can operate and change effectively
  • How to diagnose the need for change
  • How to develop the vision and the plan
  • How change affects people and teams and how best to manage them through the change
  • How to measure success

Session 1

Understanding Change and why it occurs

  • What drives Change in Supply Chain Organisations
  • Different varieties of Change
  • The evolution of businesses and their structures
  • Leadership for Change
  • Culture and Power in Organisations
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Individual and Team Change – different approaches
Session 2

Diagnosis and Preparation

  • Diagnosing the need for Change
  • Hard and Soft Change
  • Kotter’s eight steps for Change
  • Creating the Coalition
  • Creating the Vision
  • Creating the Plan
  • Choosing the Agent for Change
Session 3

Making the Change

  • Avoiding conflict and building on progress through communication and feedback.
  • Managing the change at all levels, personal, team and organisational – different approaches, different strategies, Push/Pull, Levers for Change
  • Monitoring and managing staff morale, consultation and team building
  • Personal Transitions – how people respond to Change
  • Sustaining and managing the plan
  • Monitoring progress and adapting the plan
  • Conclusions
Accelerate Innovation with Supply Chain Technology

Your business works in an ever-changing environment. It adapts, maintains its revenues and grows. But whatever the future holds, your business will need to innovate and adapt to survive. It will need to find new markets, products, and business models whilst maintaining old business revenues. Change is risky and hard to undertake, but even riskier to ignore.

Blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI and 3D printing are dramatically changing industry boundaries;_ Services are being digitalised, democratised and demonetised. The rapid reduction in costs of new technologies (3D printing, sensors, drones), has reduced barriers to entry for new companies with compelling business models to compete head-on with more established companies.. Value chains can be rented on demand.

While companies like Shell can make big bets on multiple scenarios and back them with significant investment, SMEs need to approach it differently. They need to develop an “innovation-on” strategy that use some of these new technologies, platforms and markets,  while simultaneously protecting their core business.

This programme is designed to give you the latest techniques in strategic innovation, maintain your business’s competitive edge as it adapts and grows. Join it  to draw on the insights and research findings of leading experts and the real-world experience of sought-after thought leaders who have been helping organisations cope with this change.

Benefits to You

  • Discover six important traits and practices of current companies who have successfully managed to innovate and protect their core business
  • Learn the leadership traits and incentives required to focus on both the current market and future market
  • Develop techniques of low-cost experimentation to explore new markets.
  • Understand the nature of disruption, why it blindsides companies who focus only on continuous innovation, and how you can develop a defence mechanism against it

Benefits to Your Organisation

  • Understand the era of an ambidextrous organisation, which can protect their core business while innovating for the future without relying on on R&D
  • Understand the need for developing an innovation engine that goes beyond continuous improvement
  • Build an incentive mechanism to drive the change to successful innovation
  • Learn the power of collaboration and communities to build extended value chains
  • Learn practical lessons from some of the fastest growing companies and understand what benefits it could bring to your future organisation’s structure


2 Day Course


Programme Outline
The programme comprises four modules:

1. Strategy and purpose

Today’s businesses face political instability, economic downturns, changing consumer demand and technological innovation, making predictions and planning for the future very uncertain. This session discusses the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) environment and the need for a different approach to innovating for the future.

  • Understand the 6Ds of disruption driving changes in the industry
  • Understand the new ‘VUCA’ environment and the era of exponential change, the iterative nature of strategy formulation and why traditional business planning techniques are more likely to fail
  • Understand where the returns on innovation come from
  • Learn how to approach one year, three year and five year horizons differently and how to define your innovation strategy accordingly


2. Ideas, creativity and culture

Doing something different is hard. It takes energy and courage. There is always the risk it will not pay off, a fact few companies acknowledge. Your staff need to feel reassured to ‘move fast and break things’, as Mark Zuckerberg would say. Thinking about the future inevitably involves planning for more than one scenario, with the full knowledge/ and awareness that some element of that planning will be wrong. The key is to make that planning and testing as quick and as cost effective as possible.

  • Understand the signals you need to be aware of in the market
  • Learn from other industries, organisations and competitors
  • Judge which elements to keep, develop and change in your company to create the right innovation process
  • Learn how to create a culture that encourages innovation, not stifles it
  • Understand the capabilities needed in your company to make innovation succeed


3. Implementation, management and process

In this session, we explore how to develop strategic projects, define experiments and set up the processes and incentives to promote innovation. Options can include whether to innovate internally, research, build or buy capability.

  • Understand the innovation process as a series of staged gates and learn how to build a process to manage and measure innovation
  • Understand how to sponsor disruptive ideas with small bets and develop proof of concept.
  • Understand the need to run low cost experiments and learn both from positive and negative outcomes
  • Appreciate how lean start up and design thinking methodologies can be integrated into the innovation process into your company


4. Leadership and clarity

Strategic organisational leadership looks at elements of building a robust organisational strategy, the barriers leaders face in execution and techniques to overcome them. Asking teams to be “more innovative” does not necessarily produce the desired results. In this session,  we explore how communication can be made more effective as organisations develop and implement a culture of innovation.

  • What managerial skills can I develop?
  • What are the elements of a bad strategy that I should avoid?
  • Learn why communication ceases to be effective when cascaded down the organisations and how to avoid that scenario
  • How can I inspire my organisation in both good and challenging times?


How You Learn

  • Bring concepts to life with case studies
  • Explore examples from different sectors to see how successful new work business works in practice
  • Challenge your perspectives and discover opportunities in your own organisation
  • Draw inspiration from real-world pioneers


Engage in sessions that will push you to think differently and put ideas into practice. Experiment in a safe space, get outside your comfort zone with the support of tutors and produce materials to influence your stakeholders.


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