The Essentials of Innovation for Governments

The Essentials of Innovation for Governments

Strengthen your capability to improve and sustain innovation in the public sector with the three-day programme ‘The Essentials of Innovation for Governments’ by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will develop the capability to assess and build effective entrepreneurial teams, set innovation goals and fitting processes, and get the most out of techniques such as lean start-up and design thinking in government settings.

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Learning objectives

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship develops people’s entrepreneurial competences using the academic knowledge and network of Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the Essentials of Innovation for Governments programme, you will:

  • gain skills for assessing and building effective entrepreneurial teams;
  • learn how to set innovation goals and fitting processes, and to get the most out of techniques such as lean start-up and design thinking in the context of your organisation;
  • develop an understanding of and the capability of creating a sense of urgency and a social movement for innovation, i.e. to involve, engage and excite others;
  • develop the capabilities to facilitate cultural change, and to influence the behaviour of senior leaders.

Partners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Essentials of Innovation for Governments programme, The Essentials of Innovation Leadership programme, and the Leading Innovation Excellence 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.

  • The Essentials of Innovation for Governments comprises a dynamic mix of masterclasses, personal training modules, real-life business cases and learning how to master the use of the latest innovation tools and techniques so you can drive innovation. The three-day programme will focus on the following innovation topics:

    • Human Resources

    Every organisation’s most important resource for innovation is its people so we will explore Human Resources in depth.

    • Processes

    Excellent innovation requires systematic processes and governance systems to guide individual projects and portfolios of projects in order to move beyond ad hoc projects.

    • Values

    A sustainable innovation competence requires organisational cultures based on innovation and entrepreneurship values.

  • The Essentials of Innovation for Governments programme is geared towards professionals in public organisations who wish to strengthen their capability to improve and sustain innovation within their organisations.

  • “I want to drive and sustain innovation within our organisation. Through this programme I learnt that building a social network with people who embrace this vision is extremely important (and how to do this), but I also learned that the government should focus more on exploration of innovation in addition to exploitation.”
    Raimond Neuteboom, Head of Innovation at Ministerie van Defensie

  • This programme brings in top academics from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and international partner universities. It is organised by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

    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.

    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.

    And many more internationally renowned academic leaders and practitioners.

  • Admission

    There’s no selection procedure for this programme. The only requirement is that you work for a public organisation in a role that is related to innovation management.


    The Essentials of Innovation for Governments is taught in Dutch and comprises three consecutive days in the classroom.

    Sessions start at 09:00, but you can join us each morning from 08:30 for a light breakfast. The day ends at 17:30. The programme has one day with a late finish at 20:00, which includes dinner.


    € 3,500 (excl. VAT) for the three-day programme, and includes the ECE Corporate Entrepreneurship Scan, all course materials, refreshments, lunches and one group dinner.

    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.


    The programme takes place at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the centre of Rotterdam

    Rotterdam Science Tower, 10th floor
    Marconistraat 16
    3029 AK Rotterdam. 

  • The programme The Essentials of Innovation for Governments runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register.