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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. 

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.

Benefits

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.

For

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 face-to-face sessions as well as individual assignments and project work. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on the program themes through facilitated workshops, interactive faculty lectures 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. Our expert faculty tutors will support and guide you throughout this process.

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
  • Digital organization and leading the transformation journey
  • Digital platform economy and dimensions of the digital market
  • Defining the role of data
  • Building a winning data team
  • Digital technology management
  • Leading in the digital world
  • Leading a digital organization

Program structure

Three Core Modules

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

One Elective Module

One 2- or 3-day module of your choice from the elective module pool

Digital Resiliency Plan

Individual strategy project completed during the program

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Instructors

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.

Timo Seppälä

Dr. Timo Seppälä works as University Lecturer of Operations Management at the Aalto University and as Research 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.

Patrick Furu

Dr. Patrick Furu works as a Director at Aalto EE, as well as Adjunct Professor of Management at Hult International Business School.

He has 20 years of experience in consultancy and executive education for management concerning strategies, change processes, and competence development.

He has worked with many large companies, such as Aviva, Cargotec, Ericsson, Fortum, NCC, Nokia, Nordea, Pfizer, SEB, Skanska, Telia, and UPM. Patrick has board work experience in SMEs. His past activities include top management group experience in the IT industry.

Patrick’s research has centred on strategic knowledge creation and sharing in multinational companies, the role of the board of directors in medium-sized companies, and leadership models and processes in improvising jazz bands and classical music ensembles. At Aalto EE, Patrick covers topics such as strategy creation and execution, the interface between leadership and strategy, managing complexity, agile organizational forms, digital leadership, and high-performing teams and collective competence.

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.

Iiris Lahti

Iris Lahti is specialized in driving the utilization of data and helping companies to evolve their data driven culture, scale up their data capabilities and gain sustainable business value from data and AI solutions.  

For the past 15+ years she has been focusing to understand and resolve how different companies find the most relevant data and refine and integrate it to their business processes and daily work. She has worked as a business controller, a consultant helping clients in various industries to utilize the full potential of their data and analytics systems, and as a development director of data utilization in Sanoma Media Finland. Her role at Sanoma was to drive the company wide data driven culture transformation and lead a team of 20+ analyst and data scientists supporting consumer sales, media content design, customer service and digital service development operations.  

She is a founding partner of AI Roots, a network and agency for data professionals. She is currently helping companies across various industries to build winning data teams and exploit the potential of data through the right skills and talent. 

Program Fee and Registration

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Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership Stand-Alone Modules

You can choose to take the the full  Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership program including all three core modules and one elective module of your choice, or register for individual stand-alone modules: