The Innovation Universe® Master Class Series: FRAME

The Strategic Mandate for Innovation at the enterprise level.

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FRAME is a required platform for companies who want to create innovation as a core competency. Frame includes the linkage between strategy and innovating as well as how to communicate the strategy so that innovators inside and outside the company are working on the highest leverage opportunities.

Created by: Dr. Nancy Tennant

Requirements: The Innovation Universe Master Class Series: Introduction

Time:  FRAME is broken down into 2 modules:  
FRAME A: 37 minutes + FRAME B: 25 minutes

One Module in the Series: This course includes one Module of the Universe Master Class Series. Select this option to view the module for FRAME. To view the bundled series that includes FRAME, go to the course titled 'Universe Master Class Series - Bundled.'

What Will I Learn

  • How to create a one-page linkage map that highlights the role innovation plays in strategy execution.
  • Requirements for creating a blueprint for innovation including gaining leadership alignment.
  • How to create an operational definition and set of criterial to move innovation from a series of projects to a key business process.
  • How to create synergy between innovation and other key initiatives such as operating excellence.

Course Description

  • Strategic Architecture-a future oriented description of the enterprise including innovation
  • Initiative Blueprint- requirements for an innovation strategy
  • Definition + Criteria- demarcating innovation as a key business process
  • Structure +Fit- the required roles and how to create synergy with other key business initiatives.

Course Curriculum

Select this course to view the FRAME module of the Master Class series. Or to view the bundled series that includes the FRAME module, select the Innovation Universe Master Class Series - Bundled.

Chapter 1:  Strategic Architecture
    Tool:  Strategic Architecture MVA (Minimum Viable Approach - Tool)
Chapter 2:  Innovation Blueprint
    Tool:  Innovation Blueprint MVA (Minimum Viable Approach - Tool)

Chapter 3:  Definition + Criteria
    Tool:  Definition + Criteria MVA (Minimum Viable Approach - Tool)
Chapter 4:  Structure + Fit
    Tool:  Structure + Fit MVA (Minimum Viable Approach - Tool)

Who is the Target Audience?

This Series is for innovators who work in companies; for iMentors or facilitators of innovation; and for innovation leads charged with creating or sustaining innovation in their company. It is for those who have experienced the fog of innovation and who want a non-branded, no-“genius”-required explanation and approach for everyone in your company.


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 The recommendations and ideas presented in the Innovation Universe® Masterclass Series are the results of best practices and thought leadership but are not a guarantee of results. Please use your judgment, business requirements and leadership alignment to determine what works best for you and your company.

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Dr. Nancy Tennant
Dr. Nancy Tennant
Professor, Consultant, Author, Practitioner, Speaker

About the instructor

Dr. Nancy Tennant is a consultant, professor and best-selling author in innovation, leadership and organization change. She is one of the world’s leading pioneers and practitioners in transforming businesses to achieve innovation from everyone and everywhere.

Businessweek named Dr. Tennant one of the 25 Innovation Champions in the world. She is an instructor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she is also on the Advisory Group of the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership, an incubator for new perspectives on leadership; and at The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business where she co-founded the top-rated Certified Innovation Mentor and I-Mentor Boot Camp Programs. She is a frequent public speaker to “C” level audiences around the world.

She is the Chief Innovation Officer Emeritus for Whirlpool Corporation where she reported to the Chairman and CEO for over 17 years; transforming Whirlpool into an innovation powerhouse resulting in acclaim from publications such as Fast Company and Fortune while creating billions in new revenue from innovation. Dr. Tennant was also responsible for leadership development, core competencies, and organization growth. She co-founded Whirlpool University, with an enrollment of over 17,000 students per year from 170 countries.

She is the co-author of numerous articles including The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company (Hamel & Tennant). She is the co-author of three best-selling books: Unleashing Innovation; Mastering Virtual Teams and Strategic Innovation. She is currently working on her eLearning series and new book Innovation Universe.

Dr. Tennant holds a doctorate from The George Washington University. She is the President Emeritus of The First Tee of Benton Harbor, a not-for-profit organization that offers life skills to at-risk youth. She is an artist, writer, and poet.