The Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program
Join the ranks of elite blue ocean strategy practitioners with our globally recognized program.
About the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program
Learn how to put blue ocean theory and its tools and frameworks into practice in just 5 weeks with our interactive, expert-led program. Designed for aspiring blue ocean practitioners seeking to understand how to create blue oceans of new market space in their organizations or for their clients.
In this dynamic 5-week program you'll dive into the world of Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift and be guided by a leading Senior Blue Ocean Strategy Expert with a proven track record at steering businesses from red oceans to blue oceans of new market space.
This official certified program is grounded and practical, bridging theory and practice.
Modelled after Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift, the seminal works of world-renowned professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, this immersive program will shift your strategic perspective and that of your organization or clients.
You’ll learn how to apply the concepts and tools to identify untapped demand and seize new opportunities in an ever-evolving business landscape; to break free from the traditional, competitive "red ocean" mindset, and cultivate the skills needed to create your own "blue oceans” or enable others to do so.
But more than that, through the blue ocean shift process, you'll learn how to inspire and build confidence in others, whether within your organization or your clients', enabling them to own and drive a new strategy.
The Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner program provides a proven, practical, and systematic framework for developing distinctive value propositions, capturing new demand, and breaking the value-cost trade-off –all essential elements for thriving in today's global economy.
The program is more than just a business course; it's an intellectual and strategic awakening for those ready to learn how to shape industries and redefine the rules of the game, and open themselves and their organizations or clients up to the opportunity for exponential growth by navigating blue oceans.
The Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Certificate
On successfully completing the program, you will be awarded the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Certificate, which officially recognizes your understanding of the blue ocean strategy frameworks and your knowledge of how to apply the principles of blue ocean and its tools to real-world business challenges.
The certificate is conferred by the Blue Ocean Academy, the only authorized certification center under the Blue Ocean Global Network—founded by the authors of Blue Ocean Strategy, Blue Ocean Shift, and Beyond Disruption, Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.
Elevate Your Professional Standing
The Blue Ocean Strategy Certificate Boosts Credibility and Career Opportunities
Earning the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Certificate offers professionals an indisputable advantage.
As part of this achievement, graduates will be featured on our website, on a dedicated page listing Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioners who have completed the program.
This visibility not only allows you to stand apart but also amplifies opportunities for career advancement and enhances prospects for lucrative business opportunities.
By completing the program, the graduates signal their commitment to having learned how to apply the theory, tools, and frameworks to real-world business challenges.
Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your professional stature and join the ranks of the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioners elite.*
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Sailing Towards Success
The Growing Importance of Blue Ocean Strategy in a Rapidly Changing World
In red oceans, companies compete for a greater share of shrinking demand. In the face of today’s global trends and technological developments, this competition is becoming even fiercer. The following developments underscore the urgent need for organizations across industries to shift from red oceans to blue oceans.
- A World in Flux: Transforming the Business Landscape
Dramatic shifts in technology and the global marketplace are having a profound impact on organizations. Whether they operate in the private, public or non-profit sectors, organizations need to rethink the way they do business. Organizations can no longer afford to build a strategy on existing environmental and industry conditions, but instead, shape them in their favor.
- Innovative Solutions: The Key to Overcoming Business Challenges
Today, tighter profit margins, rising costs, stagnant or declining sales, inflationary pressures, and market share battles are hitting industries across the board. In these trying economic times, creativity and a shift in thinking are vital to achieving innovation at lower costs, transforming innovative solutions from a luxury to a necessity.
- The Global Demand for High-Value, Low-Cost Blue Ocean Solutions
The current economic climate amplifies the need for solutions that deliver exceptional value at low cost as organizations and customers worldwide seek to maximize value for money. Organizations need to shift focus to building growth resilience through a balanced portfolio of market-creating moves.
The Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner program offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to gain not only a deep understanding of the ground-breaking blue ocean concepts, but also to acquire the practical skills necessary for their real-world application.
By providing a comprehensive methodology, tools, and frameworks, this highly sought-after program empowers participants to create their own blue oceans, breaking free from the limitations of red oceans and charting a course toward lasting success.
Blue Ocean Strategy: The Enduring Beacon of Innovation
In 2022, Harvard Business Review selected Blue Ocean Strategy as one of the most innovative articles in practice over the last 100 years of its publication.
In 2023, Blue Ocean Strategy was chosen as one of the three most important theories in the 100 years of Harvard Business Review’s publication. The authors, Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, were selected as two of the four leading thinkers, along with Michael Porter for Competitive Strategy and the late Clayton Christensen for Disruptive Innovation.
The Benefits of the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program
Attending the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner program offers participants a wide range of benefits, designed to shift perspective, and approach business problems differently. These advantages include:
Acquire a deep understanding of the application of Blue Ocean Strategy & Blue Ocean Shift methodology, including its core concepts, tools, and frameworks, as developed by renowned professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.
Gain credibility within your organization or among your clients by earning a highly regarded credential that attests to your understanding of blue ocean strategy, its tools and frameworks, and how to apply them in practice, boosting your reputation as an innovative thinker.
Learn to break away from the traditional, competition-driven mindset, and discover how to create uncontested market spaces that deliver unique value to customers and noncustomers.
Master The Five Steps to Making a Blue Ocean Shift - a systematic step-by-step process of exploring blue ocean opportunities and how to execute them with a team.
Learn how to define, reframe, and solve problems differently to create a game-changing and scalable new growth opportunity. Master practical tools for identifying new opportunities, crafting value propositions that deliver both differentiation and low cost, and capturing untapped demand.
Engage with case studies and hands-on exercises that illuminate the real-life successes of organizations that have harnessed the power of blue ocean strategy.
Connect with like-minded professionals, fostering relationships that will enrich your professional journey and provide opportunities for collaboration and growth.
Implement the lessons learned in the program to drive transformative change within your organization or with your clients, spurring sustainable growth and fostering an innovative, forward-thinking culture.
Who Benefits Most from the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program?
The Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program is tailored to the needs of ambitious but busy professionals eager to harness the transformative power of blue ocean strategy. This group program will help you understand how to approach strategic challenges within your or your clients' organizations.
The program is especially beneficial for:
- Business owners striving to create exceptional value with limited resources, empowering their companies to leave the competition behind.
- Functional heads overseeing strategy and/or innovation in their organizations, seeking to launch new product lines or services, or re-envision their existing offerings.
- Consultants who are determined to drive tangible results for their clients by deploying the principles and methodology of blue ocean strategy and shift.
From Theory to Practice
How the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program Works
5-week program structure
The program's structure is meticulously designed to facilitate an engaging learning experience, seamlessly connecting theoretical understanding with practical application.
Throughout the program, participants will delve into the real-world applications of blue ocean strategy, finding answers to their most pressing questions about its practical implementation.
Blue Ocean Shift
1. Fundamentals of Market-Creating Strategy
2. Reimagine Customers
3. Reimagine Price & Value
4. Reimagine Competition
Step one: Get started
1. Choosing the right place to start
2. Constructing the right blue ocean team
Step two: Understand where you are now
1. Getting clear about the current state of play
Step three: Imagine where you could be
1. Uncovering the hidden pain points that limit the size of your industry
2. Discovering an ocean of noncustomers
Step four: Find out how you get there
1. Reconstructing market boundaries systematically
2. Developing alternative blue ocean opportunities
Step five: Make your move
1. Selecting your blue ocean move and conducting rapid market tests
2. Finalizing and launching your blue ocean move
Hybrid Experiential Learning
Each of the five modules features a highly interactive 90-minute online session led by a skilled instructor taking you through thought-provoking case studies.
Following each module, participants are tasked with completing assignments prior to the subsequent week's session.
With a strong emphasis on applying blue ocean strategy to business scenarios, the program ensures that participants gain the knowledge necessary to navigate organizations through blue ocean strategy implementation.
To maintain a highly interactive environment, participation is limited to a small group.
Leveraging the power of an online collaboration platform, each session is delivered in an accessible and dynamic format, allowing for a truly immersive educational experience.
Meet Your Guide to Blue Ocean Mastery
The Program Instructor
Embarking on the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program, participants will be expertly guided by a seasoned program instructor—a Certified Senior Blue Ocean Strategy Expert Practitioner. Equipped with a wealth of practical experience, the instructor has successfully navigated organizations from red oceans to blue oceans and possesses the keen ability to translate complex concepts into actionable insights.
Their exceptional acumen and expansive knowledge of the blue ocean frameworks are matched only by their passion for teaching and dedication to their participants’ success. As a skilled facilitator, the instructor seamlessly weaves together case studies, interactive discussions, and real-world examples to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment.
Under the guidance of this accomplished strategist, you will be inspired to challenge conventional wisdom, embrace value innovation, and discover the transformative power of blue ocean strategy in your own professional pursuits.
Program Dates and Schedule
The Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner Program unfolds over five weeks. To accommodate the diverse geographical locations of the participants, we may adjust the precise time for each session based on what best suits the majority of attendees. These adjustments will be agreed upon in advance based on the final list of participants.
- Week 1: Tuesday, June 27 – New York 8:00 EST | London 13:00 BST | Hong Kong 20:00 HKT
- Week 2: Wednesday, July 5 – New York 8:00 EST | London 13:00 BST | Hong Kong 20:00 HKT
- Week 3: Tuesday, July 11 – New York 8:00 EST | London 13:00 BST | Hong Kong 20:00 HKT
- Week 4: Tuesday, July 18 – New York 8:00 EST | London 13:00 BST | Hong Kong 20:00 HKT
- Week 5: Tuesday, July 25 – New York 8:00 EST | London 13:00 BST | Hong Kong 20:00 HKT
Amplify Your Impact
Access Exclusive Resources
In addition to the invaluable knowledge, insights, and skills gained through the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner program, participants will receive an array of bonus materials post-program completion designed to further enrich their journey and facilitate the implementation of blue ocean concepts:
The Blue Ocean Practitioners’ Space
Blue Ocean Practitioners’ Space is the ultimate member-only platform for professionals looking to apply blue ocean strategy in their organizations or with their clients. As a practitioner, you understand the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest blue ocean materials and developments. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer a multitude of resources designed to help you on your blue ocean journey.
Inside the Practitioners’ Space, you’ll find:
- Blue Ocean Leadership for Change – a self-assessment diagnostic tool to help assess the need for change in an organization
- Slide decks on the most popular blue ocean case studies and short videos accompanying them
- A collection of Blue Ocean Exercise Templates to enhance collaboration and strategic exploration with your team or clients
- The Confidence-Competence Map with guidance, a sneak peek preview from the new book, Beyond Disruption to assess if the innovation or new market creation initiative is on track to succeed
- Plus new materials will be added to the Practitioners’ Space as they get developed.
The Blue Ocean Practical Introduction™ Online Course
Five complimentary subscriptions to our flagship Blue Ocean Practical Introduction™ online course, valued at USD 2,485 – perfect for sharing the transformative experience with your team or clients.
In a world driven by cutthroat competition, the Blue Ocean Practical Introduction™ online course offers a refreshing perspective on business strategy. By breaking away from the confines of conventional thinking, this course encourages a paradigm shift. The course is the perfect starting point for individuals and teams looking to delve into this groundbreaking approach.
Program Fees & Enrolment Details
SUPER EARLY BIRD
Available until May 5, 2023
Available until June 2, 2023
From June 3, 2023
While we're really counting on you attending the program and learning all the knowledge it contains to shift from red to blue oceans, sometimes unexpected twists and turns come up. If that's the case, here is our cancellation policy.
A non-refundable deposit of USD 1,000 is required to secure your spot in the program. The deposit is then applied towards the full fee. The remaining balance is to be paid within 14 days of the invoice, or the seat will be released to participants on the waitlist.*
The full fee minus the non-refundable deposit is subject to the following refund schedule:
If the refund is requested by:
- May 5 – Full refund minus the non-refundable deposit
- May 25 – 50% refund minus the non-refundable deposit
- After May 25 – no refunds will be made
After May 25, no refunds will be made, but you'll have the first spot for the next course dates. You can also substitute your participation with another team member.
The Blue Ocean Global Network reserves the right to cancel the course at its discretion, in which case full refunds will be made.
*If you find yourself unable to attend the course after making the deposit, the deposit is non-refundable, but you can use it towards the subscription to the Blue Ocean Practical Introduction™ online course.
Mastering Blue Ocean Strategy for Lasting Success
Armed with the insights gained from the Blue Ocean Strategy Practitioner program, participants can begin to:
Pioneer New Markets: Boldly navigate and capitalize on untapped market spaces, steering clear of fierce competition and redefining industry boundaries with innovative strategies.
Drive Organizational Transformation: Foster a culture of value innovation within their organizations, fueling sustainable growth and future-proofing their enterprises.
Deliver Impactful Solutions: Apply the blue ocean framework to solve complex business challenges, creating exceptional value for clients and stakeholders, and solidifying their status as strategic visionaries.
Real-Life Business Breakthroughs through Blue Ocean Strategy
CitizenM: Creating a New Market Space in the Highly Competitive Hotel Industry
The hotel industry is extremely overcrowded, so how did citizenM stand apart? Co-founder of citizenM, Michael Levie, explains how a blue ocean shift led the hotel chain to occupancy rates of 90% while enjoying 40% lower costs and the highest guest-ranking scores in the industry by opening up the market space of affordable luxury hotels.
Wawa: Achieving Explosive Growth through Blue Ocean Shift
When Wawa found itself in a 'red ocean' of competition following the financial crisis in 2007/8, it changed strategy; it made a blue ocean shift.
Howard Stoeckel, Vice Chairman and former CEO of Wawa, explains how the company went from being a gas station and convenience store that happened to sell food to a restaurant that happened to sell fuel and convenience goods to more than 600 million customers a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any prerequisites or requirements to attend the program?
Who this program is not suitable for?
What is a hybrid experiential learning program?
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Do I need to re-certify regularly?
Am I licensed to do business in my country?
Can I certify others after completing the program?
Can I train others in the concepts of Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift?
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If I can't attend, can a substitute from my company take my space?
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