Leading Innovation

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Overview: Relying on research-based and scientifically-proven materials, this program is designed to help you understand and enhance your own creativity skills and strategies, and to lead creativity and innovation in your organization. We will provide tools for leading creativity and innovation from the perspectives of the individual employee, the middle manager, and the top executive.Creativity resides in all of us. You just have to learn how to unleash it within yourself and within the ones you lead.

This two-day course is for leaders at all levels.

Tuition: $2,900 - Tuition includes class materials and daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks.


  • Discover the many opportunities for creative leadership to contribute to business success and employee well-being
  • Explore the fascinating nature of everyday versus frame-breaking creativity
  • Identify barriers to creativity and innovation
  • Learn to conduct diagnostic assessment of thinking styles and preferences
  • Develop effective strategies for thinking and acting creatively
  • Learn to lead a creative team
  • Discover a framework and leadership strategies for building a conducive work environment for creativity and innovation
  • Understand what it means to lead creativity and innovation in a new platform economy
  • Learn full cycle of creative process and its organizational success value chain

Your Professor: Jing Zhou, Ph.D. Houston Endowment Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)

All Executive Education faculty are award winning professors who teach full time in the MBA and EMBA program at the Jones School and have extensive business or consulting experience. Read more about Professor Zhou’s research at Rice Business Wisdom, our online ideas magazine with clear, practical translations of faculty research that will change the way you think.

Cancellation Policy: Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a six percent administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.

It is expected that participants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.

Jing Zhou

Jing Zhou

Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology – Organizational Behavior