Executive Development - Strategy Development & Innovation

Programme Overview
Central to the long-term success of any organisation, strategy defines direction and creates scope to gain competitive advantage. It is what elevates truly extraordinary leaders above merely ordinary ones by enabling them to develop and implement effective business strategies while maintaining motivation, innovation and vision in their people.

Knowledge gained, skills learned and links established on the programme will enhance career potential and directly benefit the organisations that participants work with. The programme provides participants with the insight and understanding needed to lead organisations in a complex global business environment.

The focus on Strategy, Development and Innovation provides the knowledge and skills required to reach the highest level, whether in a commercial or public sector context. It offers business managers and directors with a versatile, strategic toolkit to bring coherence and direction to the actions and decisions of the organisation.

Who is it for?
Individuals with at least 5 years of managerial experience;

Senior executives seeking to enhance their skills in contributing to strategy development and innovation;

Managers involved in strategic planning, implementation or change management;

Individual contributors who are tasked with managing the strategy process;

Advisors and Management Consultants.

Key Benefits
Participants develop their capabilities in making and executing effective strategic decisions and acquire deep insight into how to manage innovation and lead change.

Specifically, the programme will:

Equip the participant with the tools to assess and address the strategic challenges that face their organisation;

Provide learning strategies for turning resistance into co-operation and for extracting maximum benefit from new opportunities;

Improve strategic decision-making capability in addition to the ability to re-think strategy in the light of new economic and business realities;

Build up an in-depth understanding of the strategic decisions that individuals need to make to support and apply innovation.

Successful participants will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Strategy Development and Innovation. This qualification is accredited and awarded by University College Dublin and valued at 30 credits. It is positioned at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Subjects taught

Module 1: Strategic Leadership SBUS41760
Prof. Patrick Gibbons and Associate Prof. Ciaran Heavey
Thurs 30th March 2023 (1:30 - 5pm),
Fri 31st March (8:30am - 4pm) & Sat 1st April 2023

Module 2: Strategy in a Turbulent Environment: The New Normal SBUS41770
Prof. Karan Sonpar
Fri 5th & Sat 6th May 2023

Module 3: Market Position and Competitive Advantage SBUS41050
Associate Prof. Andrew Keating Associate Prof. Marius Claudy
Fri 16th & Sat 17th June 2023

Module 4: Business Model Innovation SBUS4102
Prof. Raomal Perera
Fri 8th & Sat 9th September 2023

Module 5: Leading Innovation and Change SBUS41750 (Live online module)
Prof. David Loree - will deliver live virtual module
Thurs 19th, Fri 20th & Sat 21st October 2023 - This live virtual module will take place from approx 1pm to 5pm.

Module 6: Top Management Teams and Strategic Decision Making SBUS41060
Prof. Patrick Gibbons and Associate Prof. Dorota Piaskowska
Fri 1st & Sat 2nd December 2023

Please note - 100% attendance is required at all modules. Should you miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme.
Timing: Typically, 9.00am to 5.00pm on both days

Programme Structure
This programme is delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 10–month period. Workshops are held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The programme structure is designed in order to facilitate busy work/lifestyles and to assist participants integrating study into their working lives while enhancing their contribution as a member of the management team.

Entry requirements

Participants should have at least 5 years management experience and hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will also be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but whose depth of industry/organisational experience, deems them suitable participants.

Application dates

Annabelle Phelan
Client Relationship Manager
To apply for this programme, please contact Annabelle Phelan who would be delighted to discuss the application procedure with you further.

+353 87 0985117

Application Procedure
A completed application form, digital photograph and copy of transcripts for all university-level degrees (if applicable and excluding those taken at UCD) will be required. A telephone interview with the Programme Director may form part of the application process. The interview helps determine whether the programme is the most appropriate educational solution for the applicant.

In-person programme - This Autumn 2022, our suite of Professional Diplomas will be delivered in-person at Smurfit Executive Development on UCD's Smurfit School Blackrock campus to facilitate the best learning experience for participants. Participants are required to attend in person. In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to facilitate an alternative delivery option but each request will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by our Programme Director & Programme Management Team.

Assessment Info

Assessments and Workload
This programme involves no examinations – instead the emphasis throughout is on the practical application of knowledge to benefit you and your organisation. Assessment workload is spread across the duration of the programme to allow you to combine learning with work and life demands. In order to accelerate learning, between modules participants are expected to complete assigned reading from texts, cases and articles. All continuous assessment is completed by participants either individually or in groups and this is set out in the study guide for each module. Some modules require pre-coursework in addition to the post-coursework which is set for each taught modules.




9 months part-time.
Delivery: 6 X 2 day modules.


The fee for the 2019 intake of €7,945 & €7,547* (*UCD Business Alumni discount) is a comprehensive cost that includes your tuition, all course-related materials, lunches and refreshments while on campus, access to the UCD Libraries etc. There are no additional overheads to be incurred. We offer staged payments and there is no interest charged for choosing this option.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: March 2020

Post Course Info

Pathway to a Master's Degree
As Ireland's premier provider of executive development open programmes, we can help you master the right skills for the most complex global business challenges with our unique and flexible MSc pathway. If you're an experienced professional who wants to continue in your chosen career while undertaking part-time study. then this flexible MSc pathway option will offer you the very best learning experience and a world class qualification.

What is the MSc Pathway?
Our MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) is based around a framework of ten selected diploma programmes. By completing any three of these ten diplomas, within a recommended 5-year timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred with the qualification of MSc Business (Leadership & Management Practice) accredited & awarded by UCD at NFQ Level 9.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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