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Business Model Innovation

Discover innovative approaches and new business models to help your business thrive. Learn how your business can use innovation to become more resilient, contribute to social development and unlock competitive advantage.

Dates

17–18 October 2017

Duration, format and location

Two-day professional development residential seminar; Cambridge, UK

Fee

The course fee is £700 to £2,250, including accommodation and meals (see fees table). Lower fees are available for multiple delegates or Labs, not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals.

How to apply

Submit your application or find out more about the selection criteria.

 

Sustainability Leadership Labs


University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Labs bring together professionals to test and challenge cutting-edge responses to global problems. Open to all our alumni and senior industry practitioners, these two-day sustainability workshops held four times per year in Cambridge, are an opportunity for professional development, co-creation and networking – all with real application to your company or organisational situation.

Read more about the Sustainability Leadership Labs, and details about fees and applications.

 

The challenge


Companies that want to remain competitive and operate sustainably in an increasingly interconnected world need to be able to predict how their actions will affect the value they create. But in order to do this they need to be able to manage information from the complex network they operate in and do so through the lifecycle of their products. Identifying all the value flows within a network can reveal opportunities for innovation and improvement. The challenge is how to envisage and design the right future business model.

 

Business model innovation


Within the theme of sustainable innovation, use cutting-edge business model tools designed by the University of Cambridge to discover how to transform your business to deliver uncaptured and sustainable value.

Is your business getting the full benefit of the value you are creating for customers and other stakeholders?

Could your current business model be actively destroying value and, ultimately affecting the organisation's ability to capture value in the long run?

Answers to these questions will be explored at our forthcoming Lab on the theme of innovation, using three powerful innovation tools designed by the University of Cambridge. These tools are designed to help you gain new perspectives on forms of value, provide a structured approach to maximise value among stakeholders and equip you with an organised method for implementing sustainable change in a business.

Read a blog about the Lab from Simon Davis, Agriculture and Sustainability Development Manager, NSF International.

 

Learn from industry experts and thought leaders


The workshop will be led by Commercial Director, Ian Bamford and Senior Research Associate, Dr Doroteya Vladimirova from the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge, who will provide you with a deep dive into the application of these tools.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker is Ryan Gellert, General Manager – EMEA, Patagonia. This lecture, on Tuesday 17 October, is open to CISL Network members. Please see our events page for more information and to register for a place.

Other speakers  

  • Mark Adams, Managing Director, Vitsoe
  • Ian Bamford, Commercial Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research, Institute for Manufacturing; Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge
  • Carmel McQuaid, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer
  • Dr Doroteya Vladimirova, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

 

Innovation lab logs

 

Who should attend?


Those working in strategy, sustainability, R&D, sustainable design, innovation, new product development, business development, service innovation, start-up entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, change managers, stakeholder engagement and community relations would benefit from attending the Lab.


Benefits of attending


This workshop will stretch your thinking through discussion with leading academics and practitioners, as well as active participation with case studies. Through participation, you will:

  • gain new perspectives on value creation and capture
  • analyse and deliver sustainable value across a product lifecycle
  • identify opportunities for implementing circular economy solutions
  • experience a structured approach to discovering failed value exchanges among stakeholders
  • develop a new lens for business model innovation
  • use an organised method for implementing sustainability innovation
  • develop your ability to design your sustainability strategy and develop a comprehensive action plan to implement change in your business
  • gain access to the CISL international network of sustainability leaders
  • share and learn from others about being a change agent.

"A great two-day course that surpassed my expectations, using practical tools to challenge the way we think about our own business and challenge how bold we are being in our approach and role in tackling the sustainability issues in our own supply chains."

Simon Davis, Agriculture and Sustainability Development Manager, NSF International

 

Participant-led case studies


Prior to the Lab you will be invited to submit a short case study based on your own organisation to be the focus of one of exercises undertaken during the Lab. A small number of these cases will be chosen, based on their learning value to the wider group.

 

Interested in this sustainability short course?


Apply for the Lab or to find out more.