How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Graduate Level Entrepreneurship Class

Published Jan 23, 2009

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Discover the methodology of innovation in 'How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services' from MIT. This free online OpenCourseWare introduces MBA students to well-researched techniques that help businesses develop new products and stay ahead of the competition. Taught at the graduate level, 'How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services' is well suited to master's students in Business Administration.

How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services: Course Specifics

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How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services: Course Description

In order to stay competitive, companies must develop fresh products and services, but many companies struggle to come up with new ideas. Although innovation isn't usually a process associated with formulas, recent research has shown that even revolutionary product development can be approached systematically. In MIT's 'How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services,' Business students are introduced to simple and effective methodologies for keeping their companies ahead of the competition. Many strategies covered in the course focus on using clients as resources: in the lead user method, manufacturers can gain insight from the ideas and desires of customers or from the use of ethnographic studies to build products around customers' needs. MBA students also explore the process of improving existing products through incremental developments. Traditional market research methods and techniques for effective and creative brainstorming are also covered in the course. 'How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services' is offered by MIT's Sloan School of Management. Professor Eric von Hippel teaches the course in a lecture format.

This Business Administration course website features several video lectures, as well as lecture notes, a suggested reading list and assignments. If you're curious about this free online course, visit the innovative product development course page.

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