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Innovator's Accelerator®, developed by Apollo Group in conjunction with elite academic and technology partners, addresses innovation gap in business today SAN FRANCISCO,
Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Apollo Group, Inc. today announced that more than a dozen companies, including Cisco Systems, Inc. and Kimberly-Clark have signed on to accelerate innovation within their organizations with its
Innovator's Accelerator® leadership development experience.
Innovation is critical in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, and regularly identified by CEOs as the top priority for their company. Since launching earlier this year, hundreds of business leaders have participated in the
Innovator's Accelerator® learning experience, representing companies across a broad range of industries including consumer products, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, retail and telecom.
Innovator's Accelerator is a six-week online experience led by the world's leading experts on business innovation:
Clayton Christensen of
Harvard Business School,
Jeff Dyer of
Brigham Young University'sMarriott School of Management and
Hal Gregersen of INSEAD. The three, who also co-authored "The Innovator's DNA" and consult with businesses around the world on disruptive innovation, bring together research and tools that help business leaders transform into innovators, ready to be the catalyst for change in their organizations.
"Accelerating the pace and impact of innovation is a number one priority in our organization, as finding ways to foster key skills across the enterprise can be difficult," said
Sarah Freiburger, vice president of research and engineering, Kimberly-Clark. "Innovator's Accelerator provides a unique virtual learning environment where our teams can develop and apply key innovation skills that drive disruptive and fresh thinking."
The revolutionary online learning experience, co-designed with award-winning firm
IDEO™, differentiates itself from traditional online offerings by surfacing dynamic content in a highly engaging, game-like environment that maps to how people work and learn today. Innovator's Accelerator's modular content can be consumed on any device through a simple web browser. Self-paced lesson plans coupled with virtual team learning and interaction helps emerging leaders build innovation skills quickly in parallel with their day job, while providing organizations with transparent talent development.
"In developing Innovator's Accelerator, we worked with the market leaders in both innovation and design to ensure we were providing a learning experience that engages and teaches busy business executives how to better innovate," said
George Lichter, head of innovation programming for Apollo Lightspeed, a business unit of Apollo Group. "In just six weeks, a company can help change the way its employees think and bring ideas to life."
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About Apollo Group
Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL) is one of the world's largest private education providers and has been in the education business since 1973. Through its subsidiaries:
University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional Development and College for Financial Planning, Apollo Group. Inc. offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services, online and on-campus, at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. These educational programs and services are offered throughout
the United States and in
Latin America and
Europe, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company's website at
SOURCE Apollo Group