Switch program

Learn how to build a culture that inspires innovation through access to executive education, industry leaders and a network of entrepreneurs.


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Switch is a five-day program designed to build a culture of innovation within your government department, giving you the mindset, tools, evidence and confidence to switch on innovative thinking.

Developed in partnership with Curtin University and the City of Canning, this new program comprises practical teaching sessions, expert panels, mentor sessions and experienced advice and support from government leaders and change makers at all levels.

You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minded people, giving you insight and knowledge you can leverage in your workplace. Ongoing membership to the Curtin Business School Executive Education alumni network is also offered.

A research project will run alongside the program to gather evidence of the innovation journey of your organisation.

Who is it for?

Switch is ideal for middle to senior leaders in local, state, federal government and all public value organisations passionate about developing a culture of innovation. We recommend you gain endorsement from a senior executive who can support the implementation of your ideas in the workplace.

What will I learn?

This program is a valuable personal and professional development opportunity. It will help you grow your capability in innovation and create an innovation culture within your department. Generating new ideas will help you respond to customer needs more effectively and add value to your communities.

By the end of the program you will have learned how to:

  • support innovation and develop an innovative culture in your workplace
  • fast-track processes using techniques that realise innovative opportunities
  • identify your strengths and areas for development
  • solve business problems using innovation methodologies and tools
  • identify and tackle barriers to innovation
  • negotiate effectively

What does it cost?

The Switch program costs $5,000 (GST free) per delegate. This fee includes materials, mentoring, networking sessions, tuition fees, learning facilities and catering.

There are potential scholarships available for this program, for further information please contact the City of Canning Innovation team (08 9231 0738) or the Curtin Business School Executive Education team (08 9266 3438)

Program overview

Module 1: Reflect / Learn

  • What is innovation
  • Personal entrepreneurial mindset profile
  • Blockers and Barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship – self and organisation
  • Negotiation and difficult conversations
  • Agree a group action learning project

Module 2: Innovation context and tools

  • Innovation needs assessment
  • Innovation methodologies and tools
  • Prototyping

Module 3: Taking action

  • Infrastructure and technical support
  • Change management
  • Risk taking and embracing failure

Module 4: Leading innovation

  • Influencing and leadership
  • Story telling
  • Pitching

Module 5: Pitching and rapid fire ideation

  • Pitching action learning projects
  • Rapid fire ideation of individual projects
  • Lessons learnt
  • Celebration

Joint Research Project

By being part of the pilot Switch program, your organisation/department will have the amazing opportunity to be part of a research project that tracks your innovation culture journey and training effectiveness of this program.

Program Facilitators

This program will include high level facilitators from industry, all levels of government and experts from across Curtin University:

  • Dr Dorothy Wardale – Deputy MBA Director, Curtin Business School
  • Associate Professor Amy Tian – School of Management, Curtin Business School
  • Mr Brad Birt – Director – Learning Partnerships, Curtin University
  • Ms Jemma Greene – Chief Innovation Officer, City of Canning

Read more about the program facilitators.

Receive Curtin Academic Credit whilst participating in the Switch program

Upon completion of the Switch Program and related assessments, delegates will receive 25 credit points* (equivalent of 1 unit) in the Curtin MBA or the Curtin Masters of Human Resources

Express your interest

Places for the 2019 Switch program are now closed. If you are interested in the Switch program for 2020, please submit an expression of interest by contacting the Executive Education team.

Further details for the 2020 program will be available within the coming months.