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The Ambidextrous Organization

Beginner | Duration: 01:08


How does an organization find the right balance of radical innovation and safe bets? Many companies focus too much on one and not enough on the other leading to failure to keep up on both accounts. Join John Cocco as he provides and overview of years of learnings from both academic research and practical applications in the concept of Ambidexterity. According to this concept success involves understanding the capabilities needed, establishing the frameworks, implementing appropriate portfolio management and creating the right organizational structures. Is your organization ambidextrous?

Prerequisites and audience

The audience is all people working within an organization that want to increase innovation impact. Ideally the person has some familiarity with the fundamentals of innovation management (60 Minutes of Innovation Management by Magnus Penker).

Course Goal

To learn the about the concept of Organizational Ambidexterity with emphasis on background understanding and then with some practical approaches to work toward a balanced portfolio. To better understand the leadership and also the management tactics required to move a firm toward ambidexterity The course will set the stage for further studies and also possible accreditation as an Innovation 360 Licensed Practitioner.


You will be able to buy ($99US) a block-chained digital micro-credential certificate after you complete the course (optional).



Dr. John Cocco

John Cocco currently is an adjunct professor of management at Boston University. He comes from industry recently retired after working for 35 years as a technical manager at a multi billion dollar multinational organization. He served as senior vice president of Innovation, Product Development and Technical Service globally for Henkel Corporation’s Loctite Adhesives business unit. His experience also includes ownership of various small service businesses including a real estate property management firm and a small Vermont Inn.
Dr. Cocco holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. He also holds an M.S. in Engineering, MBA and a Ph.D. in Innovation Strategy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His is a licensed Professional Engineer. His international management experience is extremely broad. From 2011 to 2017, he lead innovation efforts globally from Henkel Corporation’s innovation center in Shanghai China. Dr. Cocco is recognized by the American Brewer’s Guild as a master brewer.


Tord Thunman

Even if you have heard about it, it is only now that I can really get to grips with the subject. I can in good conscience recommend it to anyone working in development in society and in companies.

Courisse Knight

This course provided me with different ways to look at innovation and change. I feel better equipped to understand through the frameworks the type of change that I am encountering and how to respond.

banaz holmstrom

I never cease to be amazed at the importance of leadership for how successful or unsuccessful an organization can be, in this case how Ambidextrous it manages to become. This course is highly recommended by me