Innovation and Process Improvement

Process improvement practices – from Six Sigma and enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems to supply chain integration – have greatly transformed the way organizations operate. But even as businesses seek competitive advantage through streamlining and standardization, these same efforts can impede other forms of innovation that are no less critical. This program will help managers to understand the fundamental tradeoffs between process improvement and innovation, preparing them with tools to critically analyze the advantages and implications of each type of process improvement. Through a series of discussions and interactive, team-based exercises, participants will actively explore specific ways that process improvements can foster and hinder innovation. In a final exercise, participants will engage in simulation software to experience how process improvement decisions impact an organization’s ability to innovate and compete over time. At the end of the day, participants will have specific strategies and tools to assess and nurture certain types of innovation from process improvement efforts

Fee: Yes

Contact Information:
James Van Doren
Weatherhead Executive Education
james.vandoren@case.edu
Phone: 216-368-6413
Fax: 216-368-0200

Website Resources:
Weatherhead Executive Education Programs

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Weatherhead Executive Education

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