Lead with Impact in the VUCA World

Advanced Certification Programme in Design Thinking and Innovation Management for Leaders

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    Institution**NIRF Rankings 2023
  • 6 Months Executive-friendly,
    Case study-based Learning Programme
  • 2 daysIIM Lucknow
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Unlock Opportunities by Enhancing Global Competitiveness

  • Innovation as a Growth Enabler Companies that build innovation into their DNA are 52% more likely to outperform their industry peers in revenue and profit growth1
  • Gen AI: Key Innovation Accelerator 83% of companies count innovation among their top three priorities, and Gen AI is one of the key innovation accelerators.2
  • 300% ROI Design thinking can boost efficiencies by 75%, delivering significant returns.3
  • 2x Revenue Growth Over 10 years, design thinking helped 300 firms worldwide outperform the S&P Index by 219%.4

The IIM Lucknow Advantage

  • AMBA & AACSB Accreditation Counted among institutes that meet the highest quality standards for business programmes globally
  • Top-10 NIRF B-School Consistently ranked among the top 10 Indian management institutions since 2016
  • Top 100 at the FT Masters in Management CoRranked in the 'Top 100' of FT Masters in Management Global Rankings for its programmes, PGP (2021 & 2022) and Global MBA (2023)
  • Top-5 IIRF B-School Consistently ranked in the Top 5 at the IIRF Ranking for 2021, 2022 & 2023

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The Impact of VUCA World
on Business

VUCA, an acronym for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous, describes the current business environment. This unpredictable landscape makes crafting long-term visions challenging.

The rise of AI is another reminder that we live in a VUCA world today. The disruption necessitates new approaches to business and leadership to navigate the evolving landscape.

However, VUCA heightens the need for a strong vision in the face of constant change, and this is where the need for design thinking shines. As McKinsey confirms, good design means good business: design thinking empowers businesses to navigate the complexities of VUCA.

Unleashing Innovation in a
VUCA World

High-Impact Innovation Management and
Design Thinking Course for Aspiring Leaders


Curriculum for Emerging Leaders Gain an insight into diverse design thinking methods and enhance leadership skills to navigate and lead through the VUCA world.


Industry-Trusted Pedagogy The programme delivers a dynamic mix of sessions by IIM Lucknow faculty,use cases, capstone projects, simulations and campus visits.


IIM Lucknow Certification Get recognised by IIM Lucknow, a B-school with 'Triple Crown' status.

Design Thinking Course, offered in
collaboration with IIM Lucknow

The Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML) is the fourth in the prestigious IIM family of management schools to be established in India. Envisioned and initiated by the first Prime Minister of India – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the institute was established in 1984. Since then, IIML has touched a million lives, shaping its students into value-driven leaders, managers, and global players. The institute is involved in the creation, dissemination, and application of management knowledge and practice. With 7 CoEs and forging a partnership with 30+ institutions across 5 continents, IIML offers an ideal setup conducive to learning, accessibility, and excellence. In 2005, IIML expanded its area of influence in management education by becoming the
first IIM to set up a satellite campus exclusively for Executive Education at Noida (Delhi NCR region). For more information www.iiml.ac.in.

About the programme

The Advanced Certification Programme in Design Thinking and Innovation Management for Leaders, offered by IIM Lucknow in collaboration with TalentSprint, is designed for ambitious professionals, keen on mastering the art of innovation and building advanced leadership expertise. This 6-month design thinking course covers concepts including prototyping and testing, team building and collaboration for innovation and strategic decision-making in a VUCA world.

In this design thinking certification, you will experience a harmonious balance between theoretical understanding and practical application, offering a well-rounded learning experience. They will benefit from industry-preferred pedagogy comprising LIVE interactive sessions by IIM Lucknow Faculty, use case discussion, quizzes, simulations, assignments, and capstone projects.

There will be a 2 days campus visit to IIM Lucknow at the end of the programme, enabling in-person interaction with mentors and cohort peers, enhancing your learning journey.

Get Mentored by the Distinguished Academia of IIM Lucknow

Prof.Sabyasachi Sinha Associate Professor, Strategic Management
IIM Lucknow

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Research Expertise: Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Organisational Ambidexterity, Strategic Leadership, Strategic Management of New Ventures.

Professor Sabyasachi brings over a decade of teaching experience and a robust background in multinational organisations like Nestle and 3M.

FPM (Ph.D.), IIM Ahmedabad

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Prof.Dhirendra Mani Shukla Assistant Professor, Strategic Management
IIM Lucknow

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Research Expertise: Strategic Alliances, Social entrepreneurship, Technology & Innovation.

He previously taught at institutions like IIM Udaipur and IIM Kozhikode and was a visiting scholar at the Research School of Management (Australia), Swiss Innovation Center, Zurich, HEC Lausanne, and IIM Ranchi.

FPM (Ph.D.), IIM Lucknow

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Curated for Building Future-Ready Leaders
for Dynamic World

  • Strategic Decision-Making in a VUCA world
  • Building Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Open Innovation
  • Introduction to Design Thinking and Design Thinking Mindset

  • Design Thinking Process
  • Empathising to discover the problem
  • Problem Framing and Reframing
  • Ideation and Creative Thinking
  • Prototyping and Testing

  • Transforming Business and Business Functions Using Design Thinking
  • Simulations for Applying Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Practice Applications across different Industries

  • Team Building and Collaboration for Innovation
  • Integrative View of Design Thinking
  • Managing Change to Implement Strategic Innovation
  • Leading Innovation and Design Thinking

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Go Beyond Theory: Dive into Real-world
Design Thinking Challenges & Simulations

Programme Format:

This is a 6-month design thinking certification perfected for professionals comprising

  • 84 hours of immersive learning supported by LIVE interactive sessions by IIM Lucknow Faculty, best-in-class course content, real-life case studies, quizzes, capstone projects, simulations, and assignments.
  • Participants will have one IIM Lucknow campus visit of 2 days.
    Note: The schedule for Campus Immersion will be shared at a later date.
  • Faculty-led LIVE sessions will be held every Saturday from 6.30-9.30 pm.

Classes starting from September 2024

The programme will be delivered on TalentSprint’s digital platform, ipearl.ai

This programme is ideal for

  • Senior and mid-level executives looking to cultivate an innovation mindset,
    gain strategic insights, and lead their organisations to success.
  • Consultants and Project Managers seeking to enhance their problem-solving
    skills and deliver innovative solutions.
  • Marketers and Product Managers who want to understand customer needs
    better, drive user-centric solutions, and foster customer loyalty.
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who want to transform their vision
    into reality, develop innovative products and processes, and achieve
    sustainable growth.


  • Educational Qualification: Graduates/Post Graduates/Diploma in any
    discipline with minimum 50% marks.
  • Experience: Minimum 5 years of work experience

Become a Design Thinking Champion.
Thrive in a World that Demands Innovation.

  • Leverage design thinking techniques to gather insights, validate ideas,and make informed decisions.
  • Clearly communicate complex ideas and designs, fostering collaboration and buy-in from stakeholders.
  • Guide cross-functional teams through the design thinking process to generate innovative solutions.
  • Develop a future-proof skillset to create customer-centric experiences that stand out in the market.
  • Design thinking mastery will help evolve and refine your business model, driving sustainable success.
  • Become a more valuable asset to your organisation by driving successful innovation initiatives.

Programme Fee

Fee with Flexible Payment Options

Application Fee*

Installments Amount* Dates
Registration fee ₹20,000/- Within 24hrs post selection
1st Installment ₹80,000/- Within 15 days from the Registration
2nd Installment ₹1,00,000/- 27th November 2024
Total Programme Fee ₹2,00,000/-

Special Pricing for Corporates (*18% GST extra as applicable)

*Includes 2 days of Campus Visit

Fees paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Modes of payment available

  • Internet Banking

  • Credit/Debit Card

  • UPI Payments

Easy Financing Options

6 Month 0% Interest Scheme / Interest-Based Schemes

EMI as low as ₹6,690/Month

EMI Options

Loan Partners

How do I enrol in this programme?

Enrolment Process for Design Thinking and Innovation Management for Leaders Course

  • Apply for
    the Programme
  • Submit
  • Selection by
    IIM Lucknow Committee**
  • Join

*Scanned copies to be submitted within 7 days i) Education Certificate ii) Experience Letter/Latest Pay Slip

**Selection for the programme will be done by IIM Lucknow and is strictly based on the education, work experience, and motivation of the participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In today's dynamic business world, where disruption is the norm and customer expectations are constantly evolving, leadership goes beyond just managing tasks. Leaders are expected to adapt quickly and efficiently to new challenges. That’s where design thinking and innovation management come in.

A McKinsey study found that around 300 publicly listed enterprises from multiple countries and industries with design thinking maturity reaped revenue twice the rate of their competitors over 5 years. These companies prioritised understanding user needs and built products and services that resonate with customers. Another global study found that 10% of companies surveyed earned twice as much revenue from products and services that didn’t exist a year before, thanks to their innovation efforts.

These frameworks equip leaders with a range of benefits, including:

  • Enhanced problem-solving through a structured, creative approach, addressing complex business challenges.
  • Customer-centric focus,leading to building better products and services.
  • Adaptability to navigate and thrive in rapidly changing and uncertain environments.
  • Cultivating a culture of innovation where experimentation and new ideas are encouraged.
  • Embracing new technologies to drive transformation and boost productivity
  • Empower diverse teams, encouraging teamwork and fostering cross-functional collaboration.
  • Leading innovation initiatives in the organisation, achieving long-term business goals.
  • Support iterative development and continuous refinement of ideas and solutions.

Design thinking provides a customer-centric problem-solving approach organisations can use to respond to fast-evolving environments. Its versatility allows business leaders across diverse sectors to harness its power.

Leading companies like Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Microsoft, PepsiCo, and Nike are thriving today, disrupting entire industries because they have embraced design thinking. This shift from creating for customers to creating with them, blending creativity and innovation, propels them to the top.

The key steps of the design thinking process include,

  1. Empathise: Research your users’ needs, desires, and challenges through observation and interaction.
  2. Define: Establish clarity about your users’ needs and problems based on the insights gathered.
  3. Ideate: Brainstorm a wide range of ideas.
  4. Prototype: Build tangible representations of select ideas to explore their potential impact.
  5. Test: Gather insights from users. Refine the prototypes based on the responses until the best solution emerges.

We are navigating a dynamic business landscape characterised by constant flux - the VUCA effect. A set of conditions defining today’s business environment are characterised by

  • Volatility: Rapid and unexpected changes disrupt the status quo.
  • Uncertainty: Predicting future events becomes difficult
  • Complexity: Interconnected systems create challenges.
  • Ambiguity: Situations with multiple interpretations.

In such an environment where traditional planning falls short, design thinking bridges the gap. A proven way to navigate in a VUCA world, design thinking

  • Focuses on user needs. Airbnb developed a user-friendly platform that catered to both parties - travellers and property owners, disrupting the traditional hospitality space.
  • Embraces iteration, rapid prototyping, and testing of ideas, allowing businesses to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and market feedback. Despite 46 similar products launched by competitors, Intuit, a financial software company, still gained the ‘47th mover advantage’ for its products through its D4D (Design for Delight) approach.
  • Promotes collaboration and innovation, fostering a culture of creative problem-solving within the organisation. Nike organises design thinking workshops, bringing its designers, engineers, and marketers together to create athletic shoes that are both stylish and high-performing.
  • Improves decision-making. User research and testing enable businesses to make informed choices even in ambiguous situations. GE Healthcare works directly with healthcare professionals, ensuring its products address specific needs and improve patient care experiences.

Design thinking as a skill has become a launchpad for professionals seeking to accelerate their careers, especially towards leadership positions. Here's how it equips you for the climb:

  • Future-Proof Capabilities: Companies like Google, Apple, Netflix, GE, Samsung, and many more recognize the immense value of design thinking. Upskilling in design thinking gives you an edge over others in a job market that increasingly demands this expertise.
  • Growth Mindset: Design thinking empowers you to break out of traditional thinking and generate fresh ideas, sparking innovation. You could be a driving force for your organisational success.
  • Earning Potential: As per Glassdoor reports, Design Thinking Strategists can command lucrative remuneration. For instance, in India professionals can command an average salary of ₹14,39,216. The number may continue to soar as organizations increasingly leverage design thinking for strategic advantage.

IIM Lucknow Advantage: Get recognition as the Executive Alumnus Status from IIM Lucknow. An IIM Certification can give you a significant edge in the job landscape, especially when applying for leadership positions where design thinking skills are highly sought-after. The certification demonstrates your commitment to professional development and positions you as a highly qualified candidate.

World-class Academia: IIM Lucknow boasts a highly accomplished faculty group of academicians and researchers, recognised in their respective fields. They can provide practical insights, real-world case studies, and valuable mentorship, accelerating your understanding.

Networking Opportunities: Gain lifelong access to the illustrious IIM Lucknow Executive Alumni Network. This network can be a valuable resource for career advancement, providing access to potential career opportunities, mentors, and business collaborations.