Design Thinking for Leaders

Venue/Deadlines Program Dates Program Fees

Venue : IIMB Campus
Early Bird Discount Date : 24 Jun, 2024
Last date for registration: 05 Jul, 2024

Start Date : 15 Jul, 2024
End Date : 
17 Jul, 2024
Residential Fee(excluding GST) : Rs. 1,10,000
Residential Early Bird Fee(excluding GST) : Rs. 99,000
Accommodation: Compulsory and included in fee.

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About IIM Bangalore

Contact details

Ms. Vinitha Vandana
Landline No.:+91-80-26993475
Mobile No. +91-8951974078
Email: vinitha.vandana@iimb.ac.in

Starting In
Senior Leaders
Short Duration
International Travel
Alumni Status

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” – Tim Brown, Executive Chair of Ideo

Programme Overview
So why is Design thinking useful to leaders? Simply put, Design thinking encourages radical thinking. Leaders who consciously adopt a design thinking approach are more capable of questioning surface assumptions, asking difficult questions of themselves and others and taking more expansive and creative views of the problems facing them. Design thinking also pushes leaders to take a look at all the parties involved in the complex network of people and systems. It enables deeper stakeholder understanding through a deliberate focus on adopting an empathetic mindset. Design thinking empowers leaders to leverage non-obvious resources available to them through their network of connected stakeholders in creative ways. Finally design thinking gives leaders a structured and systematic way to build a culture of innovation within their organizations.

Programme Content

  • Design thinking mindset
  • Empathy in inquiry
  • Perspectives and points of view
  • Cultivating ideation skills
  • From ideation to prototyping
  • Overcoming fear of failure
  • Design thinking in action

This will be a very ‘hands-on’ program. We will use case studies, discussions, exercises, and presentations to enhance active learning. Participants will also be expected to work on a project during the duration of the program. This project will give them an immediate chance to implement their learnings.

Programme Objective

  • Understanding and applying the design thinking mindset in your role as a leader
  • Learning to challenge underlying assumptions and get underneath surface level observations and conclusions
  • Learning structured methods to develop creative confidence in individuals and teams
  • Understanding, mapping, and leveraging your network of beneficiaries and stakeholders from an empathetic perspective
  • Overcoming the fear of failure and building a culture that learns through prototyping and experimentation
  • Learning how to implement a systematic approach to foster innovation in your organization

Who Should Apply

CEOs, COOs, CXOs, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Business Heads and Entrepreneurs

Programme Directors

Prof. Sai Yayavaram is a Professor in the Strategy Area at IIM Bangalore. Prior to joining IIM Bangalore, he was with the National University of Singapore for 9 years. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from The University of Texas at Austin, PGDM (MBA) from IIM Ahmedabad and B.Tech from IIT Madras. He worked as a Consultant in Tata Strategic Management Group, Bombay from 1994-98.

Prof. Yayavaram currently teaches an elective course on corporate strategy to MBA students at IIM Bangalore. As part of Executive Education, he has conducted programmes in strategic management and innovation for several organizations. His research focuses on technology management, complexity and strategic rents and has been published in top-tier international journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science. He is currently a Member of the Editorial Review Boards of Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Global Strategy Journal. He is also a Deputy Editor of Management and Organization Review.


Dr. Ramya Ranganathan is an Electrical engineer from IIT Madras, holds a PGDM (MBA) from IIM Ahmedabad and a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from London Business School.

Dr Ranganathan has worked in blue chip companies like ICICI, Infosys and Citibank, and it was largely her experiences in the corporate world that shaped her quest to learn how she could help people (and herself) flourish better at work. She was a full-time faculty with IIM Bangalore from 2010 to 2019 during which time she developed a unique approach to catalyze and nurture wellbeing in individuals and organizations. In January 2019, Dr. Ranganathan was awarded by the MHRD Union Minister for being one of the top 15 innovators in higher education in India. She now continues to teach with IIM Bangalore as an adjunct faculty and conducts independent programs for organizations and individuals.

Dr. Ranganathan has designed and taught in several customized workshops for public sector as well as private sector clients such as NHPC, Union Bank, Novartis, Atlas Copco, GAIL, Pernod Ricard, Novo Nordisk, ISRO, Biocon, Essilor, Aditya Birla Group, HSBC, Airbus, Erikson, IOCL, Swiss Re, Mahindra Finance, and Hindustan Lever to name some. Apart from that she has been conducting her flagship open program titled, ‘Leading with Joy’ which has had participants from the corporate as well as education, government, and social sectors. She has previously held the positions of Programme Director, Management Programme for Women Entrepreneurs and the Programme Director, Management Programme for Entrepreneurs and Family Business at IIM Bangalore.

Dr. Ranganathan has created multiple online courses on the themes of wellbeing at work: ‘Managing our inner worlds’, and ‘Managing Stress’ (on IIMB KITE platform), ‘Crafting realities – Work Happiness and Meaning’ (on the EdX platform) and ‘Creating a Happy and Meaningful Career’ (on the Swayam Platform). Her style of teaching is a unique blend of combining logical left-brained reasoning with intuitive right-brained reflection.

Programme Charges

Programme Fee
INR 1,10,000/- Residential (+ Applicable GST) per person for participants from India and its equivalent in US Dollars for participants from other countries.

Early Bird Discount
Nominations received with payments on or before 24-June-24 will be entitled to an early bird Discount of 10%.
Early Bird Fee (Residential) INR 90,000/-(+ Applicable GST)

Group Discount
Group Discount of 5% percentage can be availed for a group of 3 or more participants when nominations received from the same organization.

Please Note

  • All enrolments are subject to review and approval by the programme director. Joining Instructions will be sent to the selected candidates 10 days prior the start of the programme.
  • The programme fee should be received by the Executive Education Office before the programme commencement date.
  • In case of cancellations, the fee will be refunded only if a request is received at least 15 days prior to the start of the programme.
  • If a nomination is not accepted,the fee will be refunded to the person/ organisation concerned.
  • A certificate of participation will be awarded to the participants by IIMB.

Participant Benefits

As a participant of this Short Duration Programme, you will be able to enjoy some exclusive benefits other than the outcomes such as skills and knowledge enhancement and building specific competencies that can help shape your career growth.

Some of the exclusive benefits of attending this programme are listed below –

Receive Executive Education eNewsletters

Invitation to share articles to the EEP blog (subject to a shortlisting process)

Participate in EEP webinars on various topics

Invitation to curated events and programs by the EEP office

Certificate Sample

How To Apply for the Programme


  • The Design Thinking for Leader’s workshop conducted at IIM Bangalore by Prof. Sai and Dr. Ramya was indeed a fantastic workshop. The pattern followed by the instructors was systematic, starting with a beautiful introduction to the topic and subsequently getting on to the project. I am using the design thinking skills learnt from this course in my organization for innovation management and better customer experience thereby eventually growing the business in the region as well as globally.

    Dr. Chedarampet. S. Karthikeyan
    Global Ventures & Business Development
  • In the life insurance industry, sales teams play a significant role in a company’s growth. I was on a quest of empowering the sales teams in my organization and I stumbled upon Design Thinking as the potential approach. IIM Bangalore was my first choice to pursue Design Thinking. Their approach of ‘Learn by doing’ and immersing us in a project to learn the concepts helped me to see the benefits right away. The focus on a ‘Human Centric Approach’ inspired me to implement Design Thinking in our organization immediately. I personally thank Professors Sai Yayavaram and Ramya Ranganathan for making this programme memorable and useful.

    Mr. Vinjamuri Subrahmanyam
    Channel Training Head
Women Executive Education IIM Bangalore Alumni

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