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Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership

Lead the Digital Transformation

Does your current business model enable your organization to compete successfully in the global digital economy? Do you have managers and leaders who can embrace the new possibilities of the digital era to the fullest extent?

The Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership program prepares you to disrupt the digital technology wave and leverage its full potential. It prepares you to become an ambassador for incorporating new technologies into your organization’s business model and leveraging their potential value for real business benefits. 

The program equips senior decision-makers with the skills and competencies needed to build a more proactive digital strategy to utilize, develop, and commercialize digital technologies and data, and discover new ways to create value.  You will combine your strengths in management with insights from technology to understand how digital capabilities at the organizational level enable and call for new strategic priorities. You will also learn what kind of organizational structures, practices, and cultures support strategy execution and gain the knowledge required to analyze what capabilities you need to stay competitive in the future. 

The Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership program gives you a chance to deep dive into the latest technologies through real-life business applications and company cases. You will better understand the practice, opportunities, and implications of using the technologies transforming your business environment. The unique advantage of the program lies in the deep-dive study module in Silicon Valley, including lecture days and discovery visits to the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem. 

During the program, you will develop a Digital Resiliency Plan that balances your core business operations with new opportunities for competitive advantage. You can focus on the technology or digital strategy perspective based on your preference and current need. 

The Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership program is worth 18 ECTS credits, which can be transferred to the Aalto EMBA or Aalto MBA program.

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Combine your strengths in management with insights from technology.

Take a deep dive into innovation and business strategy during an elective study module in Silicon Valley, California.

Develop a Digital Resiliency Plan that balances your core business operations with new opportunities for competitive advantage.


The program will challenge and reward you as our world-class experts help you cut through the noise of digitalization and technology and focus on what really matters for your business.  It covers the latest trends in technology and provides you with practical tools and methods for agile implementation of new skills and knowledge at work. It will help you challenge your strategic thinking and gain a comprehensive overview of the latest theory, technologies, and business applications.

Learn to analyze and formulate strategies to utilize, develop, and commercialize digital technologies and data.
Get insights into key technologies and their potential business applications to understand the optimal way of linking them with your business.
Ensure your technology and business strategies are aligned for successful transformation.
Identify what capabilities and competencies your strategy and long-term plans require.
Understand how you as a leader can develop structures, practices, and a culture to leverage the potential and support strategy execution.


The program is for business leaders, senior executives, and decision-makers responsible for leveraging the possibilities created by digitalization within their companies.

We recommend the program for core strategy team members, business development managers, and digital transformation leaders.

Contents and Schedule

The program incorporates a blended format of face-to-face and online sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to attend face-to-face facilitated sessions and workshops, as well as several online courses, keynotes, and company cases. A digital learning environment will be used to support the learning experience.

During the program, you will develop a Digital Resiliency Plan that balances your core business operations with new opportunities for competitive advantage. Based on your preference and current need, you can focus either on technology portfolio management or digital strategy development in your plan.


The program covers the following themes:

  • Digital strategy and competing in data-driven business 
  • Key technologies and future digital solutions – latest business applications and company cases
  • Developing organizational capabilities and competencies to bring your strategy to life
  • Digital organization and leading the transformation journey
  • Digital platform economy and dimensions of the digital market
  • Technology portfolio management
  • Digital architectures and data governance
  • Ethics, security, and sustainability issues in the responsible use of data

Program structure

Two Core Modules

Eight face-to-face days held in Aalto University Töölö in Helsinki, Finland

One Elective Module

Three face-to-face days held in Silicon Valley, California, USA

Online Courses and Keynotes

Online courses and presentations to support your learning



Henri Schildt

Henri Schildt is a tenured professor with a joint appointment at the Aalto University School of Business (Management & Organizations) and the School of Science’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

His research interests span technology strategy, organizational change, and strategy process (with specific interest in reasoning under uncertainty and the use of data analytics). He is currently heading two research programmes on data-driven management and the management of digitalization in Finnish manufacturing companies. Henri Schildt completed his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology in 2007.

Risto Sarvas

Risto Sarvas is Professor of Practice and Head of the Information Networks program at Aalto University. Risto has a colourful history overlapping design, business, technology, and society.

The common denominator between these three roles is his endless enthusiasm to figure out how technology and society are intertwined: as a culture, in politics, in business, as well as in everyday life.

His research, teaching, and service design work have received several awards and much popularity.

Risto Sarvas holds a doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology in Media Technology.

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala’s key qualifications are in the areas of leadership, especially from the point of view of different generations at the same workplace, young potential development, talent management, and individual diversity (MBTI Step I and Step II Certification) and self-leadership.

Dr. Lumme-Tuomala is an experienced and frequent lecturer on the mentioned topics.

Lumme-Tuomala holds a Master of Sciences degree in Economics with a major in International Marketing from the Helsinki School of Economics and EMBA degree from HSE Executive Education. She defended her DBA dissertation on Talent Management in June 2017.

Kimmo Karhu

Kimmo Karhu is an Assistant Professor, at Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

Karhu is an expert on platform business models and a seasoned teacher on digital strategy. By combining hands-on industry experience with academic thinking, he seeks to explain how AI, machine learning, and other technologies can be leveraged for scaling platform business. Karhu's recent doctoral thesis analyses open platform strategizing and digital tactics in mobile ecosystems.

Kari Hiekkanen

Kari Hiekkanen is a Research Fellow at Department of Computer Science at Aalto University. He has extensive experience in various IT management and leadership roles in R&D and management consulting.

Hiekkanen has over 20 years of experience in combining IT and strategy in various industries. He has a solid knowledge of IT management practices, enterprise architecture, and IT governance both, as a practitioner and, as an educator. His research interests include the industrial Internet and digitalization of Industries. Hiekkanen is an expert on machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence.

Timo Seppälä

Timo Seppälä works as Professor of Practice, Digital Operations at the Aalto University and as Research Associate at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, ETLA.

His research interest lie in contemporary global phenomena like digitalization, platform economy and global value chains as well as strategic management and internationalization of firms.

Seppälä's areas of expertise include Business Intelligence and Analyses, Global Business Unit and Account Management, Strategic and Operative Business Development, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management, and Contract Negotiations.

Dr. Seppälä has over 15 years of business experience in several Finnish and international companies for example Metso, OMG Kokkola Chemicals, Oracle, Elcoteq, and SAP.

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