How can you create a culture of innovation to drive growth and performance? How can design thinking add value to leading edge information technology? What strategies and tactics are needed to move your organization forward? The Innovative Technology Leader will help you both anticipate and respond to the complex and rapidly changing issues in the world of information technology.

Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials, unless otherwise stated.


Strategy. Innovation. Leadership. Today's technology leaders require all three. With change as a constant, the key to success is learning how to keep pace on a global scale, to innovate, and to nurture and develop value-creating ideas across your organization. The Innovative Technology Leader gives senior technology leaders the data, tools, and techniques to drive change and leverage technology across the enterprise.

In six intense days, you'll work with world-renowned Graduate School of Business faculty and peers from around the globe to explore the intersection of innovation and technology in Silicon Valley and beyond. Experience hands-on design thinking sessions at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also called "the" Uncover the subtle and often unseen dynamics underlying technology trends. Learn how to recognize the key drivers of innovation and understand the critical role of effective leadership. This fast-paced program combines classroom learning, Silicon Valley speakers, VC panels, and a unique opportunity to interact with Stanford PhD students developing the latest and greatest technologies.

Faculty Director
Other Faculty
Baba Shiv

Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing; Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program, specializes in the area of consumer decision making and decision neuroscience, with specific emphasis on the role of emotion, the neurological basis of emotion, and nonconscious mental processes in decision making.

“Innovation is at the heart of global growth and productivity. Technology leaders have a unique opportunity to spot innovation around the globe and help foster innovation in their firms. It is the essence of competitive advantage.”
Brian Lillie, Global CIO | Equinix

“Many technology leaders I speak with struggle to build and sustain a culture of innovative thinking. This program addresses this challenge providing valuable ways to approach becoming an enterprise-wide innovation thought leader.”
David Smoley | CIO | AstraZeneca

Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations; Affiliated Faculty, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford; Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization

Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior; Codirector of the Executive Leadership Development: Analysis to Action Program

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Faculty Director, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED); Codirector of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative; Director of the Strategies and Leadership in Supply Chains Executive Program; Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015

Frank E. Buck Professor of Management; Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Academic Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program

Video Introduction
The Innovative Technology Leader
Learn about the new Stanford Innovative Technology Leader program and how it will help you both anticipate and respond to the complex and rapidly changing issues in the world of information technology.
Key Benefits

The Innovative Technology Leader program will help you:

  • Explore how current technology changes in cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, and other areas are driving global growth
  • Leverage technology changes for competitive advantage
  • Observe and understand the needs of users and customers through design thinking principles
  • Strategize on how to create an ambidextrous culture to support innovation
  • Recognize ways to build personal power and influence in your organization
Program Highlights

To better understand your customers and their purchasing decisions, you must first understand how humans fundamentally make decisions. A substantial proportion of these decisions is shaped by basic instinctual systems and processes that are not only automatic but also non-conscious. Throughout the course of the two sessions these basic neural systems will be unraveled, with an emphasis placed on the liking and the wanting systems. In the process we will highlight the critical role that emotion plays in the customer decision-making process and ways by which one can shape emotion to foster greater loyalty toward and willingness to pay for an offering. We will also discuss the downside of focusing on price rather than the brand to create a superior customer value proposition and, based on our understanding of the instinctual brain systems, the effective incentive systems that can be set for your customers.

This course takes the perspective of the general manager and explores two key facets of strategic leadership: setting strategic direction and managing the strategy-making process in established firms. You will discuss the key challenges associated with creating and maintaining long-term vision and profitable growth in established firms, and then analyze the interplays between business, corporate, divisional, and personal levels of strategy making.

Over the course of two sessions explore how, as a leader of your organization, you can balance the tension between the short- and long-term. We will focus on the use of culture as a potential source of competitive advantage—or disadvantage. Our emphasis will be on providing you with a framework and set of tools for thinking about culture as a social control system, especially in the face of disruptive change. Building on a congruence framework, you will also explore how leaders can use organizational culture as a powerful social control system within business units.

Get a firsthand experience of the key tenets of design thinking and how you can incorporate them into your work. Using design thinking as a framework, you will tackle a hands-on innovation challenge that will allow you to explore the principles of human-centered design, including empathy, rapid prototyping, collaboration, iteration, and feedback. You’ll also engage in a conversation about disrupting the managerial status quo, amplifying your organization’s strengths and addressing some critical obstacles.

Who Should Attend?

The Innovative Technology Leader is ideal for those seeking fresh ideas, new perspectives, and new frameworks to solve real-world problems. It’s specifically designed for:

  • Senior-level technology executives with at least 10 to 15 years of management experience
  • Executives with responsibility for building and deploying technology to serve the enterprise
  • Appropriate titles include chief information officer, chief technology officer, chief marketing officer, vice president of information technology, or vice president of product development

Brian Lillie
“Innovation is at the heart of global growth and productivity. Technology leaders have a unique opportunity to spot innovation around the globe and help foster innovation in their firms. It is the essence of competitive advantage.”
- Brian Lillie, Global CIO Equinix
A stimulating and most professionally run week. Access to this caliber of teaching was unprecedented for me.
– Mike Paine
General Manager, Information Technology
Medical Assurance Society
Not only is this course an exceptional educational and personal development opportunity, it also exposes you to a very diverse cultural and global community, so you think about situations from a truly global perspective. The relationships you build are not only personally rewarding, but enhance your network with exceptional talent from around the world. I highly recommend this course!
– Melissa Hunt
Director of Technology
Grant Thornton LLP


Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.


Ryan Chin
Associate Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.736.4475

The Stanford Difference

The Place: Immerse yourself in innovation
The Experience: Transform your thinking, your career, your company.
The Approach: Challenge yourself with research-based learning and real-world experience.