The 21st century is marked by the rise of life and work environments complexity.
To face this complexity, soft skills such as creative and critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, interdisciplinary and experiential learning cabapilities and communication have become increasingly necessary to resolve managerial and innovative issues (Ibarra, 2015*). Consequently, today, these learning and innovation skills have become critical in student’s education as is clearly illustrated in the P21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning.
The educational setting of our MBI program is to focus on soft skills mobilization in the process of innovation management in order to:
- Exploit critical thinking to define precisely the difficulties to overcome
- Enhance communication to improve transversal collaborations
- Develop curiosity and creativity to generate unexpected ideas and solutions
- Favor inter-personal exchanges to promote circulation and exploitation of new ideas
*Ibarra, H. (2015). The authenticity paradox. Harvard Business Review, 93(1/2), 53-59.
Framework for 21st century learning**
**Graphic adapted from P21’s. (2009): P21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning. 2009 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21’s). was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes. www.p21.org.
The program’s overall objective is to provide knowledge, methods, tools and capabilities to participants as innovative managers in organizations operating within uncertainty in complex and rapidly changing markets and technologies. To augment the development of soft skills, our MBI program places students in the shoes of managers through Project-based learning (PBL). These projects reflect the uncertainty, the complexity and the rapidly changing market conditions, technologies, and new skills requirements which affect today’s organizations.
To drive these projects to completion, students will have to:
- Identify and generate new ideas and opportunities as well as develop innovation
- Integrate theories and practices to strengthen the innovation capabilities of their organization
- Be instrumental in the development and launch of new products or services
- Manage innovative organization
- Facilitate innovation and the changes required for organizations to become innovation centric