Leading Innovation Excellence Programme
  • Starting date

    See bottom of the page for more information.

  • Duration

    3 days per module

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

  • 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 objectives

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

  • understand the core elements – people, processes and values – for developing and sustaining an excellent competence in innovation
  • generate potential interventions by demonstrating the appropriate use of foundational innovation and entrepreneurship skills and techniques
  • explain how and why the development of an excellent innovation competence involves systemic change
  • show 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

See where other participants come from

There’s no selection procedure for this programme. This programme is specially designed for (Innovation) professionals that have experience with demonstrating internal entrepreneurship. Participants have experience with innovation, strategic renewal and/or (digital) transformation projects and want to improve themselves and take organisation to next level. Examples of these professionals are:

  • Innovation professional or business developer
  • Innovation leaders
  • Intrapreneurs
  • Coach of innovation teams
  • Managers of innovation programmes and initiatives
  • HR professionals for innovation
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Digital Transformation professionals

For professionals in larger organisation (>500 employees)


For professionals in a role that is related to innovation management, from all disciplines and industries.


Limit amount of participants is 15 as we seek for a highly interactive learning environment

On average most modules will have 10 participants


Read what previous participants say about this programme

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

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


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.


€ 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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