The world of information technology is undergoing tremendous change on a global scale and it is affecting all aspects of business and society in unanticipated ways. Innovation is a core driver of growth and performance over time, and the most successful companies develop strategies and tactics that enable them to keep pace with, anticipate, and even benefit from these changes. Leaders that are able to nurture and develop the value-creating ideas of the firm will be highly successful and will likely be the future leaders of the firm. This exclusive executive education program focuses on the challenge of understanding the subtle and often unseen dynamics beneath the visible trends, recognizing who and what the key drivers of innovation are, and how leaders can enable their businesses to lead with innovation-enabled information technology.

2015 Dates and Tuition TBD
Contact the Program Director for information
Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials, unless otherwise stated.

Program Overview

The Innovative CIO Program offers a unique executive management curriculum customized for leaders facing the opportunities and challenges of an innovation-driven, radically changing marketplace and society. The program brings together a select group of senior technology leaders from global Fortune 500 companies allowing them to step away from the distractions of the workplace and explore together how best in class leaders are creating a culture of innovation in their companies. The curriculum includes classroom sessions with Stanford faculty, a discussion panel with noted venture capital leaders, and informal discussions with industry luminaries and other technology keynote speakers. A hands-on afternoon at The Institute of Design at Stanford will bring a valuable perspective on how non-technical design principles can add value to leading edge information technology. Additionally, the highly selective admissions process ensures that the interaction and discussion between attendees will be valuable and foster long term relationships.

Faculty Director
Baba Shiv
Prof. Baba Shiv

Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing; Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program

Prof. C.B. Bhattacharya

Phd, Dean of International Relations and E.ON Chair in Corpo-rate Responsibility, ESMT

Prof. Dan Reicher

JD, Professor of the Practice of Law, and Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for senior-level technology executives at global Fortune 500 companies with at least 10 to 15 years of management experience. Candidates should have responsibility for building and deploying technology to the serve the enterprise. Appropriate titles include Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President of Information Technology, or Vice President of Product Development.

Brian Lillie
“Innovation is at the heart of global growth and productivity. CIOs have a unique opportunity to spot innovation around the globe and help foster innovation in their firms. It is the essence of competitive advantage.”
- Brian Lillie, Global CIO Equinix

David Smoley
“Many technology leaders I speak with struggle to build and sustain a culture of innovative thinking. This program addresses this challenge providing valuable ways to approach becoming an enterprise-wide innovation thought leader.”
- David Smoley, CIO AstraZeneca
What You Will Gain From Attending

Chief Information Officers and other senior technology leaders are often able to see across their companies in ways that few other executives can. As the leaders of technology enablement and suppliers of innovation, they are often intimately familiar with the details of how the business works across all functions as well as what the critical customer and supplier issues are. This puts them in a unique position to drive change and leverage technology broadly across the enterprise. The Chief Information Officer's ability to drive change by leveraging both technology and process innovation will differentiate the good from the great technology leaders.

Global economic trends are having a significant impact on business in the US and abroad. This program offers information on current, as well as future, economic, political and social trends that are driving innovation. Cloud computing, tablets, smartphones, social media are all innovations that are not only the drivers of growth over the next decade, but will substantially change how businesses operate in the 21st century. The CIO and other information technology leaders must be equipped with the tools to not only understand these innovations, but to leverage them for competitive advantage for their respective firms.

Design thinking is an ideation process that combines creative and analytical skills with collaboration across disciplines to solve problems. This method can be applied to not only product design but to process design. The ability to observe and understand the needs of users and customers, develop fast experiments and prototypes with users, and implement strategies to reduce bureaucratic processes are all critical tools for CIOs and other technology leaders. Understanding design thinking and how to apply it can help to support innovation through the development of an ambidextrous culture.

To be successful, CIOs and technology leaders must be able to develop knowledge partnerships with peers, vendors and customers. Such partnerships should exist globally to reflect the global nature of technology change. This program offers a chance to spend three days understanding not just how innovation is happening in Silicon Valley, but also how this interrelates and is affected by what is happening in China, India, Brazil, eastern Europe and beyond. Discussions with professors, venture capitalists and successful startup executives will create an exciting and thought-provoking environment to explore these and other relevant points.

This highly customized executive education program focuses on providing Chief Information Officers an opportunity to learn in a world-class academic environment with peers from around the world. Innovation and change is happening in every organization, and successfully leading organizations in this frothy environment requires fresh ideas, shared perspectives and a new set of frameworks that can be applied to solve real-world problems.


Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.
Key Takeaways

Effective CIOs have a good understanding of the global economic, political, and social environment in which their company operates, and are constantly assessing how their company can best take advantage of rapidly changing technology in this landscape. The effective technology leader must use a variety of resources to provide a “safe” environment where innovation can flourish. This program is designed to provide data, tools and techniques to enable deeper thinking about innovation relative to the participants’ particular situation. Time is spent understanding some of the more important frameworks that can be used to help foster innovation, and considering the critical role the CIO or senior technology leader provides in creating a culture of innovation.

  • Understand the global economic, political, and social trends that are driving innovation
  • Explore how current technology changes in cloud computing, mobile devices, social media and other areas are driving global growth. Learn how to leverage these changes for competitive advantage
  • Gain knowledge and skills to observe and understand the needs of users and customers, develop fast experiments and prototypes with users, and develop prediction markets
  • Develop new skills on the psychology of engagement and how to engage employees through novel technologies
  • Strategize on how to reduce bureaucratic processes and create an ambidextrous culture to support innovation
  • Recognize how to build personal power and influence in the organization


Shalini Bhatia
Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.724.7409