• Start dates

    See bottom of the page for more information.

  • Duration

    3 days per module

    The programme consists of four modules, each lasting three days.

  • Programme fee

    € 18,500 (excl. VAT)

  • Language


  • Format

    In person

Develop your career in innovation with the twelve-day diploma programme ‘Leading Innovation Excellence’ by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will develop the capability to drive for excellence in sustainable innovation within your organisation.

Executive education students in class

Partners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Leading Innovation Excellence programme, The Essentials of Innovation Leadership programme, and The Essentials of Innovation for Governments programme are offered by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is fuelled by their belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation an strive to embed entrepreneurship in the DNA of people.

Learning goals

Join this short course to add value for yourself and your organisation. 

  • Understand the core elements – people, processes and values – for developing and sustaining innovation.  
  • Generate potential interventions with the appropriate use of foundational innovation and entrepreneurship skills and techniques.  
  • Recognise how and why the development of an excellent innovation competence involves systemic change.  
  • Demonstrate a long-term systemic and company-wide view of innovation competence and innovation culture.  
  • Encourage others to practise entrepreneurial behaviour and drive the development of innovation excellence.  
  • Reflect on your personal leadership competence and performance as a driver of innovation, and develop an action plan for continued growth and development.  


Find out more about the content of the programme

The diploma programme consists of four modules, each of three days at Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will take part in interactive masterclasses, workshops and peer-to-peer learning, supported by a mix of online materials, real business case studies, assignments and after-class discussions. Each module takes between 50 – 60 hours to complete (including the time you spend in classes).

Throughout the duration of the programme, you are encouraged to take on a personal Real-life Impact Project, which challenges you to directly apply your learnings and make real and relevant impact on your own organisation and role. For your Real-life Impact Project you will be supported by a dedicated academic and practitioner coach with knowledge and experience on your defined project.

Focusing on the fundamentals of the programme; how to drive systemic change and innovation, and what is needed for this from an integral perspective (resources, processes and values).

This module dives deep into the topic of ambidextrous human resources. What consequences does this have for your personal leadership and your relations with top management teams? Discover personality types and learning styles, and how these can help you to compose the most effective entrepreneurial teams.

What structures, processes and governance fit your organisation and can help it to excel in innovation? How can you manage your innovation portfolio and where can you source your innovations? Learn to set up open innovation processes and how to collaborate with start-ups. Discuss how innovation processes are evaluated and who is responsible. Review actions for improving excellence in your organisation’s innovation processes and governance.

Become an agile leader and learn how to facilitate transformational change and engage key stakeholders in the organisation. Become aware of the cultures and values of informal versus formal, and learn how to build and leverage communities and social networks.

For whom

Explore if this course is for you

Your roles

  • Innovation professional
  • Intrapreneur
  • Chief innovation officer
  • Business developer

Your responsibilities

  • An integral part of a larger organisation (>500 employees)
  • Oversee strategic renewal process
  • Lead organisation through transformation or change

Read what previous participants say about this programme

Erik Wirsing

VP Global Innovation at DB Schenker

The whole programme was like a journey. Maybe a little like the discovery voyage of Columbus who set out to find India; I set out to learn new insights and theoretical models and then ended up in a restructuring of my department, and derivations for my entire company that I can personally influence.

Erik Wirsing VP Global Innovation at DB Schenker

Your expert faculty

This programme brings in top academics from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and international partner universities. The programme is developed by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with industry-leading innovation professionals from organisations such as DSM and ING, who act as facilitators. 

Prof. Justin Jansen

Justin Jansen is professor of corporate entrepreneurship at RSM. His award-winning research and publications provide new perspectives into the roles of leadership, start-ups, organisational ambidexterity, corporate entrepreneurship, and new developments to improve long-term viability and performance. Justin is scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, and is on the editorial board of several academic publications. He is also a consultant, speaker, and advisor to various companies and government agencies. He has developed management training in how organisations can identify and implement new growth paths, strategic leadership, and combine innovation and operational excellence.

Dr Ferdinand Jaspers

Ferdinand Jaspers is programme director at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. His teaching and consultancy activities focus on innovation leadership. Based on his expertise at the intersection of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, he teaches courses, masterclasses and boot camps on corporate entrepreneurship, innovation excellence and entrepreneurial culture. With a rigorous academic perspective, Ferdinand helps entrepreneurs move beyond approaches such as lean start-up, design thinking, business modelling and effectuation. Together with experts from DSM and ING, Ferdinand founded the ECE Innovation Leadership executive programme. He holds a PhD from RSM.

Dr Magdalena Cholakova

Magdalena Cholakova is an associate professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at RSM. She studies decision-making under high uncertainty, by mapping configurations of individual and organizational level factors that enable effective judgment. She has explored this topic in the context of early-stage project evaluations, entrepreneurial venture creation and organizational adaptation. Her research draws on theories from psychology, organizational theory and strategy and bridges the micro and macro levels of analysis.

Prof. Tom Mom

Tom Mom is professor of strategic growth and implementation at RSM, and academic director of RSM’s Executive MBA programme. His expertise is at the crossroads of strategic management and entrepreneurship, and includes strategic renewal, strategy execution, scale-ups, and ambidexterity. In addition to research, he teaches strategic management and entrepreneurship in RSM’s executive education, PhD and MBA programmes, and carries out advisory projects on strategic renewal for companies and governments plus new business development, strategic growth, scaling-up, and strategy implementation. His research has appeared in leading academic journals and managerial journals.

More information

Programme dates

The Leading Innovation Excellence Programme comprises four modules, each lasting three days. The programme runs on several dates, please select the one that suits you most to register.

Check the website of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship for an overview of all the dates.

Programme fee

€ 18,500 (excl. VAT) for the four modules; a personal academic and practitioner coach throughout your Real-life Impact Project; the ECE Corporate Entrepreneurship Scan; preparatory webinars and quizzes; access to the online learning system; graduation conference, course book & materials, lunches, dinners, social activities.

10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM.

General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

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