COVID-19 STATEMENT: While this virus is impacting everyone differently, this online program is continuing as planned.
Please consider joining our global online classroom for an enriching and interactive experience to further your career.
While this virus is impacting everyone differently, this online program is continuing as planned.
Please consider joining our global online classroom for an enriching and interactive experience to further your career.


August 18, 2020


6 weeks, online

4-6 hours per week

Ten 90-minute live virtual sessions


August 18, 2020


6 weeks, online

4-6 hours per week

Ten 90-minute live virtual sessions

Who Is This Program For?

Any professional who needs to…drive innovation…persevere, despite having massive constraints…do more with less…or foster collaboration and agility among cross-functional teams will benefit from this program. The lessons will be especially applicable for:

  • Senior executives who want to build a culture of innovation where creativity becomes a competitive advantage for their organization
  • Functional experts and mid-level managers who manage a team and want to instill more creative thinking into their daily practice
  • Corporate entrepreneurs (or intrapreneurs) and consultants who drive innovation initiatives
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners who strive to create a highly differentiated product offering and build teams with creative DNA
  • Individual contributors from technical and non-technical fields who aspire to — or have recently gained — management responsibilities


Creativity is not strictly the domain of advertising, design, and artistic fields. It is a powerful tool for transforming business practices and outcomes in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, retail, and a range of other industries.

Program Experience

  • 2 Live Stream Sessions/Week with
    Faculty (10 in total)
  • Real-World Application through In-class
    and Out-of-class Activities
  • Mobile Learning App
  • Empirical Research on Creativity and
    Innovation Best Practices
  • Global Network of Creative Collaborators
  • Dedicated Program Support Team

Key Takeaways

In Creativity as Competitive Edge, you will learn to use creativity as a business tool, turning constraints into opportunities for innovation and gaining the confidence to inspire others to be receptive to your ideas. In this program you will:

  • Discover the foundational principles of ‘Creative Advantage’ to fuel creativity and innovation in your life and your organization
  • Get inspired to spark insights and opportunities to create meaningful impact and change
  • Discover the rules and tools of ideation for yourself and your organization
  • Engage the creative methods that bring your ideas to life and make them real
  • Develop your persuasion skills to act as a creativity ambassador and evangelist in your organization

Unleash Your Creativity to Fuel Innovation

As many leaders are asked to drive innovation in constrained conditions, they can bring more creativity into their practice to achieve better business outcomes. Creativity that builds on the foundational principles of design thinking can become your organization’s competitive advantage. It can drive innovation and real change, despite — or perhaps in response to — the massive constraints facing executives and entrepreneurs in today’s fierce marketplace.

Creativity Is a Powerful Business Asset

Unlike innovations in supply chain or marketing, creative advantages are enduring, increasing your competitive gains over time. Consider these outcomes:


Design-driven companies have
outperformed the S&P Index by 228%
over 10 years



Companies that foster creativity enjoy a
1.5x greater market share



Creative leaders outperform their peers on key financial metrics, including 70% who posted above-average total return to shareholders.


About Kellogg Live Virtual Programs

Kellogg’s live virtual programs have been purpose-built to deliver a world-class experience comparable to our in-person programs, with class sizes limited to provide a rich and personal learning environment. You’ll engage in real-time interaction with professors and peers online, immerse yourself in discussions and ideations surrounding the current world situation, and acquire strategies and tools that you can immediately deploy to solve your most pressing challenges.

  • Live Online Learning — Delivered in our live virtual classroom, with a limited number of participants to ensure maximum engagement
  • Top Kellogg Faculty — Kellogg’s renowned thought leaders will share their knowledge and facilitate thoughtful discussion in real time throughout the program
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections — Many opportunities to interact with your global peers through both formal and informal activities
  • A Rich, Interactive Experience — A high-quality, transformative learning experience with timely, actionable content and seamless interactivity

Learn from the best.

Kellogg’s MBA program has consistently been ranked #1 in marketing by U.S. News & World Report (2020).

Learning Journey

The program arms you with a proven process for pursuing a creative competitive advantage — one that is supported by research and real-world practice, and inspired by design thinking principles.

Learning Journey

Program Modules

The program consists of five weekly topical modules, in two sessions per week.

  • Creativity as a Business Tool
  • Getting Inspired
  • Ideas and Collaboration
  • Making Ideas Real
  • Implementing Ideas and Inspiring Others

Live Session Schedule

Live Session #1 Live Session #2 Time (EDT)
Week 1 Tuesday, August 25 Thursday, August 27 12:30 – 2 pm
Week 2 Tuesday, September 1 Thursday, September 3 12:30 – 2 pm
Week 3 Tuesday, September 8 Thursday, September 10 12:30 – 2 pm
Week 4 Tuesday, September 15 Thursday, September 17 12:30 – 2 pm
Week 5 Tuesday, September 22 Thursday, September 24 12:30 – 2 pm

In addition, a recorded orientation session welcoming you to your online campus will be made available after the program commences on August 18, 2020.

Note: This schedule is subject to change and recorded sessions will be made available on the learning platform for the duration of the program. Because there are pre-assigned group-based exercises scheduled, there is an inherent interdependency among participants. For this reason, to earn the certificate of completion we require you to attend 8 of the 10 live sessions for the duration of the entire session. This will ensure the most rewarding program experience for all who join.

“Creativity is born from constraint. There has never been a more constrained period in modern history — and while competitive advantage may be elusive — creativity will be the thing that drives you and your organization forward.”

— David Schonthal, Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Senior Director of Business Design at IDEO

Program Faculty

Dr. Leigh Thompson
Dr. Leigh Thompson
J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations
Professor of Management & Organizations
Director of Kellogg Team and Group Research Center
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.….More info

David Schonthal
David Schonthal
Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Senior Director of Business
Design at IDEO

David Schonthal is a Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches courses in new venture creation, design thinking, business acquisition, healthcare entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and creativity.….More info




Upon successful completion of the program, Kellogg Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of participation to participants. This program is graded as pass or fail. Participants must attend 8 of the 10 live sessions for the full duration of each session to fulfill the 80% completion rate and earn the certificate of participation.

Designed as a highly interactive learning experience, there are pre-determined group-based activities planned for most weeks. As such, we expect participants will commit to attending the full session duration as everyone’s learning experience is affected by your attendance.


After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Kellogg Executive Education.

Note: This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from Kellogg School of Management.


Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!

Flexible payment options available. Click here to know more.