Top 6 Digital Transformation Executive Programs in 2021

The ongoing digital transformation trend has created “superbrands”; brands that dominate multiple industries and operate at a scale no other industry leader has ever operated. For such companies, digital transformation has created an unprecedented competitive advantage that allows them to enter any industry and immediately dominate.

“Software is eating up the world. My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.”
- Marc Andreessen, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

Is your company ready for a software-first global economy? Today, we are seeing the acceleration of this shift to a software-first economy where companies in virtually every industry are either reinventing themselves as software companies or are being disrupted by software-first startups. Enterprises seeking to emulate this level of disruptiveness within their operating models must act fast to leverage digital transformation and preempt competitor-led disruption. While it is true that companies like Google are tech-first and so can more effectively take advantage of digital transformation, there are certain key factors that other non-tech enterprises can adapt to their use cases.

Not surprisingly, business schools and other executive education providers are offering more and more programs on various aspects of digital transformation. But which one is the best match for your organization?

Before we jump on evaluating the programs!

If you are coming from a large organization working in multiple countries and/or with several business entities, I strongly recommend you find some time and watch this webinar hosted by Oracle and VIENNA Advantage. In this free webinar you’ll explore the crucial role that Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution plays in the success of every digital transformation initiative.

Now, back to the top 6 Digital Transformation programs:

#1 Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for a Successful Enterprise (HBS)

The program is led by Clayton Christensen, who coined the term “disruptive innovation” three decades ago. The “digital” aspect is not central in it, but rather it covers various aspects of strategy, marketing, product and business model innovation, and leadership that are required to successfully navigate the ever-transforming business landscape, remain competitive, and reinvent yourself and your organization.

This program offers the opportunity to engage in a dynamic learning experience through presentations, carefully chosen case studies, and small-group discussions. In this program you will examine the strategies of both disruptors and the disrupted. You’ll discover why some strategies succeeded while others failed, and learn how to apply these insights to your own strategic decisions.

Duration: 6 days
Location: HBS Campus
Fee: $15,750 (USD)
Learn more about this program here.

#2 Leading Digital Transformation Executive Immersion Program (SVIC)

It makes sense to dive into digital transformation in the Bay Area, where large corporations and startups flock to transform, disrupt and innovate. The program is an intense, transformative learning experience that will immerse you in the innovations and business culture of Silicon Valley through: presentations by influential technology experts and visionaries, provocative brainstorming sessions with like-minded innovators, visits to top Silicon Valley companies, meetings with Silicon Valley luminaries.

Leading Digital Transformation program is designed specifically for corporate executives leading digital transformation initiatives. The program aims to give you the first-hand insights into the inner workings of Silicon Valley, emerging technologies and disruptive trends that will disrupt the way we work and live. It will also shed light to the building blocks of innovation that ignite the infamous entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley and bring to live its game-changing ideas.

By the end of this program you will gain clarity on disruptive technology trends and challenges and opportunities they create, as well as discover critical digital capabilities you need to create a customer-centric journey. Silicon Valley visionaries will give you guidance on how to make digital integral to your strategy and figure out where to invest to get the best return on investment for digital transformation.

Duration: 5 days
Location: Silicon Valley, California
Fee: $8,500 (USD) early bird price |$10,000 (USD) regular price
Learn more about this program here.

#3 Leading Digital Business Transformations (IMD)

IMD has been at the forefront digital transformation even before it launched its Center for Digital Business Transformation in partnership with Cisco.

Leading Digital Business Transformation brings you the best business insights for the digital age tapping into the latest research from the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation.

This digital transformation program helps you assess how your company should evolve to extract the most value from digital technologies and business models. The structure of the course is very practical and forces participants to apply various tools to come out with a digital business transformation roadmap. By the end of this program you’ll understand how digital technologies and business models are radically changing competitive dynamics across industries, and moreover you’ll learn how to make your organization more agile, define a plan of action for digitization across your organizational value chain and be ready to make the transformation happen in your company. This program is one of the few ones that are delivered in Asia (one iteration is in Singapore).

Duration: 5 days
Location: Lausanne or Singapore
Fee: ~$10,800 (USD)
Learn more about this program here.

#4 Exploiting Disruption in a Digital World (LBS)

This programme is for senior executives with at least 10 years of senior leadership experience, who are responsible for the strategic direction of their organisation, leading its digital transformation, or preparing it for the future. If you want to keep up with the rapid change of global business and turn the disruption caused by digital technology into advantages, this program is the right match for your organization.

Duration: 5.5 days
Location: London
Fee: ~$11,800 (USD)
Learn more about this program here.

#5 Driving Strategic Innovations (MIT/IMD)

MIT and IMD join forces and expertise in technology and leadership in this unique program that is designed to help business leaders successfully manage innovation from concept to commercialization.

One of the great things about the program is that the teaching team forces participants to think about their organization as a whole, as well as about their own leadership practices and how they help foster innovation culture. In this program you’ll foster innovative ideas, practice rapid prototyping and engage in business model innovation. You will learn how to achieve a more innovative organizational culture and become an effective leader of innovation.

Duration: 6 days
Location: MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts or IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland
Fee: $11,900 (USD)
Learn more about this program here.

#6 Digital Transformation Strategy (Berkeley)

Berkeley’s digital transformation course is taught by an executive education veteran with a strong background in marketing. The course is light on digital, but very heavy on business value modeling and generating customer insights. Organizational development and leadership topics are also covered. This program is designed for senior leaders and professionals in all areas of marketing, branding, communications, strategy, customer experience, product development and management, operations, IT, finance, organizational design, culture, and human capital.

By the end of this program you’ll learn how changes are impacting organizations today and understand the cause and consequences of digital disruption. Also, you’ll learn how to identify transformation opportunities and follow a strategic roadmap for guiding the organization’s digital transformation investments.

Duration: 3 days
Location: Berkeley, California
Fee: $4,900 (USD)
Learn more about this program here.

Don’t stop here!

If you are an executive working in an enterprise level organization you should definitely check the following articles to get more in-depth knowledge about the impact that CFOs and CIOs have in choosing the right business software that will support your digital transformation strategy:

5 CFO Priorities When Choosing an ERP Solution in the Digital Transformation Journey

4 CIO Priorities When Choosing an ERP Solution in the Digital Transformation Journey

Also read about how ERP enables the digital transformation in the following industries:

#1 Digital Transformation of the Oil and Gas Industry?

#2 Digital Transformation in the Public Sector?

#3 How ERP Enables Digital Transformation in Real Estate Industry

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Once again, thank you!




Growth Hacker | ERP, CRM, DMS, POS, Cloud Computing, SaaS & IoT enthusiast | Follows innovation trends and digital transformation practices.

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Growth Hacker | ERP, CRM, DMS, POS, Cloud Computing, SaaS & IoT enthusiast | Follows innovation trends and digital transformation practices.

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