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Executive Master Imagineering

Do you want to learn more about much-needed social and business innovations?  The Imagineering approach fits in a range of new emerging complexity-based approaches aiming at innovation by empowering collective creativity, in a strategically envisioned direction. The Imagineering programme includes aspects of design thinking, appreciative inquiry and complexity theory.

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The master’s programme of Imagineering focuses on the specifics of designing strategic narratives through engaging people in a creative manner. It is built upon the concept of designing for organisational societal emergence. By appealing to  the imagination, stakeholders are involved as co-designers of the future.

In addition to this Executive Master Imagineering we also offer a regular Master Imagineering.

After your master

Graduates of the Executive Master Imagineering generally find employment in innovation-related positions, marketing and branding roles, or as a business consultant. Upon successful graduation they receive a Master in Business Administration degree. We find It very important to stay connected to our alumni. In this video alumni of the Master Imagineering explain why they want to stay connected to us as well.

Study overview

The world is in need of new, complementary approaches and methods as society is growing ever more complex. We see the depletion of natural resources running alongside the vast growth of connectivity, creativity and innovation. As Imagineering stems from and is embedded in the complexity paradigm of open systems, nonlinearity and dynamics of growth, in its core it goes beyond just design, innovation, business modelling or change management.

What it actually does, is enabling societies, businesses and organisations to consciously develop in a strategic direction with the mind-set of building upon self-organisation and emergence. Here, we dare to say, that the Executive Master Imagineering fits into this context of strategic design. Aiming to realise organisational transformation that is in favour of value creation in society at large.

The programme offers you a deeper theoretical insight into issues of organisational design in the context of enterprise logic transformation. It enables you to develop analytical, proactive, problem-solving attitudes and design skills towards these issues. Next to this, you develop knowledge and skills required to design and implement professional advice in an organisational and cross-cultural setting. Furthermore, you will build and strengthen your expertise to innovate, participate and lead processes of collaboration and creativity through this master’s programme.

During the Executive Master Imagineering you will be going on an 'expedition'. On this journey you will explore the main principles of the collaborative and complexity-driven essence of Imagineering as a design approach.

The programme consist of three blocks of classes and the fourth block is dedicated to performing a research-based Imagineering project in the field. The blocks of classes each last six weeks and are finalised with an exam/design week. Within the blocks, interactive theoretical classes, along with workshops, activities and assignments are delivered.

The programme (60 ECTS) is a one-year programme for regular students and 18 months for part-time executive students:

Block 1: Inspiration

This first block about ‘Inspiration’ focuses on the broad theoretical framework of the master’s programme. Studying processes of value creation and change/innovation/emergence from the complexity/experience perspective. Complex adaptive systems and complexity thinking play a central role in block 1, to open up a different academic perspective of reality. The perspective of complexity gives rise to a different dynamic view of change and innovation in human systems which we have developed in the design methodology of Imagineering.

Block 2: Ideation

Within the framework of the second block ‘Ideation’, the programme aims to explore creative processes within organisations and possibilities for transformation. The block is divided into theoretical, material, practical examples and activities that fuel discussion and invite reflection on creativity, innovation and meaning; the basic components for organisational, business and social transformation. The students immerse themselves into the world of co-creation, imagination and dialogue; having a strong impact on transformative processes. Furthermore, the students will get the opportunity to learn how the Imagineering design methodology is applied and how to design for social systems. Applying theoretical frameworks from several disciplines and formulating a critical opinion about the complexity of organisational, business and social development, for example during our hackaton project.

Block 3: Implementation

The third block of the programme ‘Implementation’ aims to offer an understanding of the management issues that arise when ‘continuous creative business development’ has to be a core competency of the organisation. Following the Inspiration and Ideation phases,  the Implementation phase focuses on the design of the organisation in such a way that the realisation of the experience concept can be optimally executed.

By means of real business cases, the students are exposed in this block to actually applying Imagineering as a methodology and process to help organisations/businesses/society move away from their fixation in the industrial logic, transforming towards functioning in the networked co-creative logic.

Block 4: Performing the research-based Imagineering project

The fourth block is dedicated to performing the research-based Imagineering project at or in cooperation with an application company. This means that through the final deliverables the students need to demonstrate that they are professional masters in Imagineering. This means the student needs to be able to facilitate, (co)create and (re)design business and social processes aiming at igniting a transformative organisational change in an imaginative, informative and social mediated way.  In employing an Imagineering way of thinking in this final project, the student needs to take three clear roles: that of the researcher, the co-creative catalysts and the designer.

Throughout the entire programme, self-development is encouraged via various workshops. Students are also challenged to design and facilitate workshops themselves to gain experiences.

The Executive Master Imagineering offers students a small-scale academic environment as the number of students admitted into the master’s programme is limited and lecturers are always there to offer help. For questions on the content of the programme, lecturers can be easily reached. What’s more, the programme coordinator is available to help with day-to-day issues.