Certified Innovation Management Expert (CIME)®

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Course Objective:  The course objective for the “Certified Design Thinking and Innovation Management Expert Certification” is to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge, practical skills, and a deep understanding of design thinking and innovation management principles. By the end of the certification program, participants should be able to:

Master the foundational concepts and principles of design thinking and innovation management.

  • Apply human-centred design methodologies to identify and solve complex problems effectively.
  • Utilize empathy and user research techniques to gain insights into user needs and preferences.
  • Generate innovative ideas through ideation sessions and creative brainstorming processes.
  • Navigate through the entire design thinking process, including problem definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
  • Develop strategies to foster a culture of innovation within organizations and promote creative thinking among team members.
  • Implement design thinking tools and techniques to drive product/service innovation and enhance customer experience.
  • Evaluate and manage risks associated with innovation projects and initiatives.
  • Measure the impact of innovation efforts using key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics.
  • Integrate design thinking principles into strategic planning and decision-making processes.
  • Analyse case studies and real-world examples to gain insights into successful design thinking and innovation management practices.
  • Address ethical considerations and ensure responsible innovation practices.
  • Stay informed about emerging trends and innovations in design thinking and innovation management.
  • Complete a capstone project demonstrating proficiency in applying design thinking and innovation management principles to solve real-world challenges.
  • Prepare for and successfully pass the certification examination to obtain the “Certified Design Thinking and Innovation Management Expert” credential.


Module 1: Introduction to Design Thinking and Innovation Management

  • Understanding Design Thinking
  • Importance of Innovation Management
  • Role of Design Thinking in Driving Innovation
  • Overview of the Course Structure

Module 2: Foundations of Design Thinking

  • Principles and Mindset of Design Thinking
  • Human-Centred Design Approach
  • Empathy and User Research
  • Ideation Techniques and Creative Problem-Solving

Module 3: Design Thinking Process

  • Define: Problem Definition and Framing
  • Discover: User Research and Insights Gathering
  • Ideate: Brainstorming and Idea Generation
  • Prototype: Rapid Prototyping and Iterative Design
  • Test: User Testing and Validation

 Module 4: Innovation Management Frameworks

  • Overview of Innovation Management
  • Types of Innovation: Incremental vs. Disruptive
  • Innovation Strategy and Road-mapping
  • Managing Innovation Portfolio

Module 5: Integrating Design Thinking into Organizational Culture

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation
  • Leadership and Support for Design Thinking Initiatives
  • Building Cross-functional Collaboration and Empowerment
  • Overcoming Resistance to Change

Module 6: Design Thinking Tools and Techniques

  • Journey Mapping and Customer Experience Design
  • Persona Development and User Story Mapping
  • Design Sprints and Rapid Prototyping Methods
  • Design Critique and Feedback Sessions

 Module 7: Measuring and Evaluating Innovation

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Innovation
  • Innovation Metrics and Evaluation Frameworks
  • Feedback Loops and Continuous Improvement

Module 8: Ethical Considerations in Design Thinking and Innovation

  • Ethical Design Principles and Practices
  • Addressing Bias and Diversity in Innovation Processes
  • Ensuring Ethical Use of User Data and Insights

 Module 9: Future Trends in Design Thinking and Innovation Management

  • Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Innovation
  • Global Trends Shaping the Future of Design Thinking
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Design-led Innovation
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Course Content

Certified Innovation Management Expert (CIME)®

  • Case Study 1: Product Innovation in the Food Industry
  • Certified Innovation Management Expert (CIME)® Quiz

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