In today's evolving business landscape, innovation is the new corporate mantra for business survival and growth across organisations. Disruptive innovation then has been proven to have the potential to transform complex and expensive products/ services that were previously available only to a few people, into simpler and economical products available to many. This innovation stems at the root of design thinking, a structured human-centred process that allows businesses to think, act, learn hands-on approaches and apply a new mindset to 'business-as-usual' practices.

The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode) has designed the Professional Certificate Programme in Design Thinking & Innovation Management to equip learners to build a systems approach to innovation in products and services. This programme is developed in collaboration with the Laboratory for Innovation, Venturing and Entrepreneurship at IIM Kozhikode (IIMK LIVE), a business incubator and entrepreneurship development centre set-up with the support of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. This programme is a first-of-its-kind in India as it is rooted in driving three fundamental levers of strategic importance to any business – customer-centricity (design thinking), product innovation, and building a culture of innovation.


- Use design thinking to develop innovative products that bring business impact
- Gain actionable insights from real-world case studies and examples
- Hands-on learning via a capstone project and simulations
- Learn from eminent IIM Kozhikode faculty, Eruditus global faculty & renowned industry experts
- Receive a certificate of completion from IIM Kozhikode, one of India's leading B-Schools (NIRF, 2020)
- Cutting-edge programme developed in collaboration with IIMK LIVE


  • Understand the implications of digital disruption and the role of innovation
  • Identify and decide on the innovation opportunity to pursue
  • Familiarise with the different tools and techniques for design thinking
  • Enhance individual and collaborative skills in design-based problem-solving
  • Design, develop and implement an innovation product or service or process
  • Develop a system to formally manage and nurture innovation in a corporate setup
  • Exhibit leadership in managing such transformational but fluid undertakings


Professional Certificate Programme in Design Thinking & Innovation Management - Certificate Click to view certificate



      29 March 2021


      5 Months
      (Live Online Sessions
      Every Thursday: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM)


      INR 1,02,500 + GST

    Who is this Programme For

    This five-month programme is designed for individuals who want to develop a systems approach to innovation in products and services. The programme will also be extremely beneficial for recent graduates, experienced professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs with creative, design, customer experience, engineering, innovation, product development, strategy, R&D and UX backgrounds.

    • Business and product managers looking for customer-centric products and service
    • Functional/ Department heads aiming for improved productivity and greater efficiency via collaborative innovation
    • Strategists wanting to build and implement an organisation movement to foster innovation at every level
    • Chief Executives who want to transform their businesses via disruptive innovations
    • Consultants looking for a holistic approach towards solving innovation and consumer-focused challenges
    • ELIGIBILITY - Graduates (10+2+3) or Diploma Holders (only 10+2+3) from a recognised university in any discipline with a minimum work experience of 1 year for Graduates (after graduation) and 3 years for Diploma Holders.

    Programme Modules & Faculty


    • Innovation: What & Why?
    • Types of Innovations
    • Strategic Advantages through innovations
    • Digital Disruption and Technology Evolution
    • Innovation Adoption, Diffusion Model
    • NPD Processes
    • Fuzzy Front End (FFE) of Innovation & NPD
    • Design Thinking Tools
    • Empathise
    • Define
    • Ideate
    • Prototype
    • Test
    • When to use Design Thinking and When NOT to
    • Alternatives of Design Thinking
    • Design Thinking, Lean, Agile
    • Industrial Design concepts/ aspects in Products
    • Intellectual Property
    • Design Thinking for Sustainability
    • TRIZ
    • Aspects of innovation management
    • Models of innovation management
    • Innovation project life cycle
    • Key success factors and characteristics of a successful innovation project
    • Ideation and Collaboration
    • Bigger Pool of Ideas
    • Inclusive Workplace
    • Framework for collaborative innovation
    • Data Analytics for Innovation
    • Rapid prototyping technologies
    • Designing for growth and scale
    • Interwoven nature of Design, Strategy, and Technology
    • Open innovation
    • Context of the organisation
    • Leadership and Commitment
    • Planning
    • Support
    • Operation
    • Performance evaluation


    Prof. Thangamani G
    Prof. Thangamani G

    Associate Professor,

    Quantitative Methods and Operations Management

    Prof. Thangamani’s academic interests include the areas of Operations Management, Design Thinking, New Product/ Service Development, Innovation Management, Operations Research, Reliability Engineering, Project Management and Business Process Management. He has a PhD from IIT Madras, and he earned his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honours for scholastics achievements from Madurai Kamaraj University and M.E in Industrial Engineering from Anna University, Chennai. He started his career as a faculty in Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry for four years. Subsequently, he worked in managerial positions with some of the leading companies such as Whirlpool and GE. He is also a recipient of the Black Belt certification in Six Sigma from Whirlpool Europe. Throughout his corporate tenure, he mentored several team members to carry out projects and process improvements, while also working on several green and innovative technologies for consumer appliances which led to 8 disclosures. His research interests are in Complex System Reliability Prediction, Risk Management in Innovations, Business Process Modeling, Analysis & Reengineering and Lean approaches in manufacturing/ service systems. He has several publications in international journals and conferences.

    Programme Fee

    Dates Length Location Tuition Fees
    March 29, 2021 5 Months Live Online Sessions
    Every Thursday
    07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    INR 1,02,500 + GST
    Deadline Application Fee
    Round 1 Jan 18, 2021 INR 2,500 + GST
    Round 2 Feb 18, 2021 INR 3,000 + GST
    Round 3 Mar 18, 2021 INR 3,500 + GST
    Remarks Instalment Amount
    Booking Amount Within 7 days post selection INR 22,500 + GST
    Instalment 1 Apr 19, 2021 INR 40,000 + GST
    Instalment 2 Jun 15, 2021 INR 40,000 + GST

    Student Loan Details

    Loan Amount Available Tenure (months) EMI
    INR 1,12,100 24 INR 5,652


    • The above EMI’s are indicative. The EMI’s offered by each of the loan providers might vary from the above figures, depending upon tenure and loan amount to be disbursed.
    • Other EMI tenures available (Months):
      Propelld: 6/12/18/24/30/36/42/48
      Eduvanz: 12/24/36/48

    Please visit Students Loans and Financing for details on how to avail a student loan.


    This programme includes live online classes. To attend a live online class you will need to have a PC/ Laptop/ Mac with

    • Speakers and microphone: built-in or a USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
    • Webcam: built-in or USB plug-in
    • Processor: with Dual Core 2Ghz or higher (i3/ i5/ i7 or AMD equivalent)
    • RAM: 4 GB or higher
    • OS: Either MacOS 10.7 or higher OR Windows 8 or higher
    • An internet connection: Minimum bandwidth of 3.0 Mbps (up/ down)
    • Browser: IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
    • Zoom software client installed on your PC/ Laptop/ Mac

    We use the Zoom software application to conduct live online classes. Zoom works on a variety of PCs/ Laptops/ Mac systems and also on phones and tablets. You can join your live online class from a phone or tablet if it supports the Zoom client. We recommend that you attend classes from a PC/ Laptop/ Mac.