Can innovation be taught? Can it be promoted? Can it be managed? Building on a foundation of human-centered design principles, this course will answer each of these in the affirmative via theory, empirical research, and hands-on practice. We use case studies, problems, and labs to teach you to participate in, and lead, innovation in for-profit, non-profit, government, and social enterprise. We will learn how to recognize significant problem opportunities, grow from failures (our own failures and those in the historical record), foster our own creativity and that of others, and listen to the feedback that the world offers when we prototype our ideas.

Not New: Schumpeter's creative destruction (schöpferische Zerstörung)
Open Innovation
Interdisciplinary Teams and the Concrete Benefits of Diversity


Having Ideas
Dynamics of Innovation: Storylines, Narrative, Trajectory
Doing Innovation
Measuring and Assessing Innovation


  1. O'Reilly, Barry. 2015. "How to Unleash Innovation in the Enterprise"