The path to innovative leadership is known as Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD). BILD is our strategy for developing innovative leaders—through culture, specific capabilities, and experiential learning.
The process starts with the careful selection of Berkeley MBA students, who have demonstrated leadership and exemplify the school's defining principles. Then in MBA Orientation, you begin an exploration of the BILD approach.
Your core curriculum studies will culminate with a required course, Applied Innovation, that gives you practice in solving real-world business problems and emphasizes innovative leader capabilities. In addition, you have the option to take additional experiential learning courses that range from applied innovation projects with major firms to global consulting opportunities.
Prior to taking the Applied Innovation course, you will take Problem Finding, Problem Solving, a course that teaches you several different modes of thinking in order to find, frame, and solve difficult problems that are characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Another module provides you with skill development and individual and group coaching on how to be an effective leader of a high performance team.
A series of electives give you the option of studying various aspects of innovative leadership in greater depth, including cutting-edge courses such as Lean LaunchPad with Steve Blank.
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