MIT's Design - Driven Leadership Programme for Senior Professionals


This program introduces executives to effective design- driven leadership, demonstrating how it positively affects every facet of a product or service by encouraging and guiding innovation, empathy, execution, and delivery. Drawing on the resources of MIT’s Integrated Design & Management curriculum and its new Integrated Design Lab (ID Lab), the course combines intuitive methods taught in the world’s best design schools with the systematic, analytical methods for which MIT is world renowned. You will learn how to enable an action-based organizational culture in which empathy is generated, trial and error is encouraged, and failure is celebrated as a source of learning— resulting in successful innovation. You also will learn both strategic and hands-on techniques for structured exploration through prototyping. By applying a design-centered approach to leadership, you will be able to conceive radically innovative solutions to multifaceted problems, create a vision that gets buy-in from senior management and colleagues, and create solutions that people love both emotionally and intellectually.

Course Content Includes:

  • Discussions on expression and culture
  • Field exercises in observation, exploration, and user empathy
  • Lectures on concept generation
  • Studio exercises in persona development and story telling
  • Lectures and case studies pertaining to design leadership
  • Hands-on sketch modeling and rendering exercises
  • Functional prototyping workshops
  • Opportunities to build, test, and iterate prototypes in teams
  • Concluding discussions on process and leadership

The tools presented in the program can be applied to any range of human-centered innovation problems and opportunities including products, services and social/societal challenges.

Participant Profile

This program provides a shared process for problem solving and consensus building that can be applied to many roles, organizations, and industries. Ideal participants include:

  • Entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” seeking new solutions and products
  • Executives in leadership roles
  • Product development managers and engineers
  • Individuals and teams looking to create a more experimental and less risk-averse corporate culture when they return to work
  • Individuals and teams working for more “siloed” organizations and seeking integrated approaches for communication and innovation across teams

Key Benefits

Participants and teams attending from the same organization will:
  • Learn a shared process for solving hard-to-define problems
  • Engage in hands-on and analytical approach to problem solving through robust design process
  • Explore and practice the skill of empathy in understanding the needs and desires of consumers
  • Learn practical, hands-on strategies for concept generation and product prototyping
  • Learn how design thinking and doing can be used to provide vision and build consensus in the development of new products and services
  • Acquire tools for creating a more collaborative, innovative, and less risk-averse corporate culture
Teams from the same organization that attend this course will:
  • Learn how to work across functions using an integrated approach to break down silos
  • Acquire new frameworks for communicating among and across divisions
  • Gain a deeper understanding and credibility among peers working in different areas such as marketing, design, engineering

Course Delivery

Admission Dates
Mumbai: 21st to 22nd January 2019

Programme Fees
Rs.1.50 Lacs + Taxes as applicable


Executive Certificate Track
Strategy and Innovation

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Faculty Profile

Matthew Kressy

Matthew Kressy

Senior Lecturer
Principal, Designturn Inc.
Director and Founder, MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM)

Matthew S. Kressy, director and founder of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master’s degree track, is an expert in product design and development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.

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Course Reviews

The innovation process is clearly described and the friction points between designers, engineers and management are discussed. Hands-on experience on some aspects of the process was interesting.

Jun E

A great fit between theory and practice. And a better design thinking course than most design thinking courses.

Aris T

Matt was a super teacher. I enjoyed the practical examples and also his sharing of his valuable experiences. The content was relevant to today.

Abdul R

It's a great topic but this very first session was not aligned with the goals discribed in the brochure and was not aligned with any strong process and consistant surveys/ research MIT usualy delivers.

Olivier M



Program Fee

Rs.1.50 Lacs
+ Taxes

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