Online course details



Start date

Coming soon

Course length

2 hours per week for 6 weeks

CPD hours

12 CPD hours

Mode of study

Self-guided online learning



Online course description

Every year Forbes magazine releases a list of the top 100 innovative companies around the world. The list features five-year average sales growth, net income growth and innovation premium figures. Simply by looking at those figures it is transparent how much any business can gain from applying innovation to their operations management.

With this in mind it is important for businesses to understand the right processes behind operations management and the importance of innovation in operations management and business competitiveness.

Acquire skills to understand and effectively promote competitiveness

This course will allow existing and potential operations managers to acquire skills to understand and effectively promote competitiveness through the development or adaptation of best practice in new product and service development as well as deployment of a culture based on innovation.

Who is this course for?

Innovating in Operations Management: How to continuously improve business products and operations is a free online short course for businesses and individuals aspiring to develop their ability to effectively manage operations in small and medium sized companies, but is particularly targeted at applying innovation to operations management.

The course is appropriate for those seeking to establish a career in operations management, those who currently operate in this environment or anyone with an interest in the subject.

This course will:

Innovating in Operations Management

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Structure, certificates and assessment

This course had been developed in partnership with Enscite and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

To learn more about Enscite, visit the Enscite website.

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This massive open online course is comparable to level 5 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), however, it does not hold any credits and cannot be used as a top-up for your University credits.

Throughout the learning process, you will be awarded a Mozilla open badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon completion of the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.

If you are interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.

High quality free online learning experience

In 2016, the University of Derby received the OpenupEd quality label. This means that the University of Derby is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both online and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.

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An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

The CPD Standards Office CPD Provider: 60069

Course units

The course is made up of 6 units, each will require approximately 2 hours of study.

  • Understanding the meaning of operations and innovations management
  • The role of operations managers in the current competitive environment
  • Recognising the importance of innovation in the management of operations
  • Types of innovation
  • Managing innovation as a process
  • Organisational culture types - how does a culture based on innovation and continuous improvement fit within a contemporary organisation?
  • Challenges in building a culture geared towards innovation and continuous improvement
  • Recognising and developing the organisational characteristics that facilitate innovation
  • Engaging the workforce – role of individuals
  • Formal, complex and centralised structures
  • Organisational structures and innovation
  • Managing by processes
  • Why a good design creates a competitive advantage?
  • Stages of design – moving from concept to specification
  • How to generate and screen a concept
  • Preliminary design, evaluation and improvement
  • Prototyping and final decision
  • Protecting the innovation – Intellectual property
  • Process design and innovation
  • Fusioning product/service and process design (how are process and product/service design related?)
  • Considering the effect of volume and variety of products in the design of processes
  • Type of processes
  • Improvement and innovation in the management of operations processes
  • Improvement strategies - breakthrough (innovation) vs. continuous improvement (kaizen)
  • Triggers of innovation

Learning outcomes


A flexible course that fits in with working and family life

This course will help you learn how to effectively manage operations in any small and medium sized company, with particular attention to improving operations management through innovation.

We will engage but not be limited to the aerospace, automotive and railway sectors and the best practices in operations management based on innovation.

Learners will not only review academic theory supported by teaching notes, videos, case studies and exercises, but they also will get an opportunity to share best practice and experiences with each other in our forum activities, making it a great opportunity for individuals to improve their skills and knowledge as well as expose themselves to good practice and scenario based ideas developed by peer learners.

Course requirements

How to enrol

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course Requirements

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

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