Mastering Innovation Management


The Mastering Innovation Management (MIM) programme is organized in partnership with the Vlerick Business School, in order to inspire and equip your best R&D managers with methodology and practical tools to shape the future of global innovation.

Mastering Innovation Management 2015

This programme will take place at Vlerick Campus in Ghent (Belgium) on 16-19 June 2015.

PDF Full Programme available here


The objectives of the Mastering Innovation Management (MIM) is to:

  • Inspire Eirma R&D Managers with new perspectives on innovation, from a strategy, process and people point of view;
  • Equip R&D high potentials with best practices and support them in translating those towards their own organisation and role;
  • Connect EIRMA members and facilitate the exchange between them.

What's unique?

Educational approach: The programme is characterised by a blended and action-oriented educational approach. Participants receive key framework & concepts, but majority of time is spent on practice, reflection and sharing. Furthermore participants are mobilised to apply learning points to their own, company specific case. 

Facilitators: The programme is driven by 2 dynamic expert professors that come with a strong academic background next to relevant business experience. Both are experienced with facilitating executive development sessions in the most interactive and impactful way.

Issues addressed

The programme consists of 4 days:

  • The first two days are about defining innovation strategy and managing innovation,
    Day 3 focuses on working in globally distributed R&D teams,
    Day 4 is an integration module.

A pre-programme webinar is scheduled on 8 June 2015 at 3pm
Duration : maximum 1 hour

In order to make the programme as practical as possible, the participants are asked to come to the programme with their own, company specific innovation challenge/case. Purpose is to progress on it leveraging the expertise of the faculty members and the experience of the colleague participants.

Target Audience

International, high-potential R&D talents aiming at contributing to corporate, incremental or radical innovation, be it product/service or business model related. Participants should have been recently promoted as R&D managers and are expected to have a minimum of seven years of professional experience.  
This programme is limited to 25 participants in order to ensure optimal interactivity.

The Mastering Innovation Management is led by:

Walter Van Dyck, Partner of Vlerick and Director Open Programmes Professor Innovation Management, Vlerick Business School
Smaranda Boros, Associate Professor, People and Team Management, Vlerick Business School

To Register

Registration before 29 May 2015.

Early bird until 20 March 2015, enjoy a disount of 15%

PDF Download the programme and the registration form here

For this event, you need to make your own room reservation.
We strongly recommend you to book your room at the NH Ghent Belfort before 26 May 2015

PDF Room reservation form available here

On-line Registration Form
If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 29 May 2015.

In the case the paying entity has no VAT number, please indicate its Official Registration Number

Only e-mails related to this specific event will be sent to the adresses indicated.

A block booking with special rates have been secured in NH Ghent Belfort.
The rate for a single room is 139€/night breakfast and taxes included.

We strongly recommend you to book your room before 26 May 2015.
Please complete the attached room registration form and sent it directly to Ivanka Willems -Vlerick Business School- ( with reference EIRMA MIM 2015

Event's fee: 4600 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium or 5566 € (VAT included) for Belgian members
Event's fee: 5725 (VAT excluded) for non-members excluded Belgium or 6927,25  (VAT included) for Belgian non-members
Early bird event's fee (valid until 20 March 2015): 
                    4000 €
(VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium or 4840 € (VAT included) for Belgian members

The meeting registration fee covers the cost of meeting facilities, refreshments, visit, dinners and lunches.

For payment by card, please communicate your card number, security code and expiry date to EIRMA in advance of the meeting.

We prefer payment by bank transfer but can also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). All delegates will receive confirmation letters, including an invoice or receipt as appropriate.

Account N° 363-1073576-20
ING – Rond Point Robert Schuman 8 – 1040 Brussels - Belgium
IBAN: BE28 3631 0735 7620 - BIC: BBRUBEBB

For any further information, please contact Ms. Carine Ternest at EIRMA.
Tel.: +32 (0)2 233 11 81 - Fax.: +32 (0)2 231 08 35 -

Please give as much notice as possible if you are obliged to cancel.

Cancellation policy: we will refund 100% of the registration fee for cancellations received 6 weeks before the meeting, 50% of the registration fee for cancellations received 4 weeks before the meeting, 25% of the registration fee for cancellations received 2 weeks before the meeting,

Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

Food allergy, specific diet .....


  • Mr Stellario Barbera (SKF)
  • Prof Smaranda Boros (Vlerick Business School)
  • Mr Tim Clark (Crown Holdings, Inc)
  • Dr Thomas Engel (Deere & Company)
  • Ms Carolina Frodl (Embraer)
  • Mr Radim Girgaš (ComAp a.s.)
  • Ms Cornelia Haag (SKF)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Christophe Leynadier (Océ)
  • Dr Dominique Neerinck (Total)
  • Dr Thoa Nguyen (Haldor Topsoe)
  • Ms Rachel Penido (Embraer)
  • Prof Walter Van Dyck (Vlerick Business School)
  • Ms Wendy van Herpen (Unilever)
  • Mr Erik Zaaijer (SKF)


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