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Disruption is an opportunity and challenge for all organisations, economies and individuals. Facing the challenges of a disruptive environment requires new ways of thinking and practices in order to survive and thrive.

This two-day intensive program is designed to empower leaders with the thinking patterns and practical skills to lead disruptive innovation activities, and to face rapid change and growing environmental uncertainty often caused by technological development.

Who should participate

Leaders of small, medium and large enterprises who are facing disruption or are keen to discover strategies to ensure revenue resilience in the face of disruption.



QUT Executive Education Centre
B Block, Level 5, Seminar 4
QUT Gardens Point
2 George St
Qld 4001


Further dates for 2018 to be confirmed.


  • Early-bird discounted fee $1,990 (GST included)
  • Standard fee: $2,490.40 (GST included)

Fees include:

  • course materials
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • networking drinks and canapes.


For more information about course content, contact Marek Kowalkiewicz.

For registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

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Economies, organisations and individuals that adopt and apply new methods to face challenges of disruptive environments will be the leaders and drivers of growth and value creation in future.

In this course, we'll explore how you can apply different ways of thinking and working to not only solve complex problems, but to fundamentally disrupt your industry to gain an edge using disruptive imperatives, processes and tools.

The course will examine:

  • the innovation imperative and the role of leaders and organisations in developing new value opportunities
  • how to think like a disruptor and positively self-disrupt an environment using corporate venturing
  • synthesis and systemic ideation paired with customer-led innovation methodologies that can be used to identify new ventures and opportunities for value creation
  • applied corporate venture methods that rapidly validate disruptive opportunities.


Day 1

An intensive immersion into the methods and application of disruptive innovation and corporate venturing, with a focus on learning new ways of thinking and acquiring practical skills.

Day 2

A practical workshop where you'll apply the skills acquired on day one. We'll examine an invited organisation as a test case to identify opportunities for disruption in participants' organisations, and develop action plans.


Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz has an extensive global experience in product and innovation development. His focus is on user experience, business collaboration tools, developer evangelism and organisational culture in innovation. Since commencing as the Head of Chair in Digital Economy at QUT, Marek's research has extended to include design-led innovation and systemic ideation.

Dr Paula Dootson

Paula is a Research Fellow for the Chair in Digital Economy at the QUT Business School. In this role, Paula is researching how organisations transition through the digital economy and how consumers respond to changes in the market, which sometimes results in deviant or non-compliant consumer behaviour. Her research focuses on providing businesses and policymakers with evidence-based solutions to real world problems. Paula’s extensive research engagement experience saw her obtain an Outstanding Achievement in Research Collaboration Award from an International Science Advisory Panel and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award from the QUT Business School.

Mr Peter Townson

As a self-confessed generalist, Peter lives the world of design. His approach is centered between the tangible and intangible, the theory and the practice. It is in the ambiguity of this nexus that Peter feels most at home. From his background as an industrial designer, Peter has co-founded a manufacturing business and has designed and created everything from airplane cabin controls, business workflow management systems and even wooden sunglasses.

The translation of his craft from the physical into the service and digital design builds off his post-graduate education and application of design-led innovation, where he published extensively on the process of implementing and instilling design throughout a mining equipment manufacturer. Peter now facilitates innovation sprints that focus on high-impact, intractable social problems.

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We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.