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 unique advantage of the program lies in the elective deep-dive study module in Silicon Valley. The Digital Innovation Strategy Study Tour consists of two lecture days on the Stanford campus, delivered by Stanford faculty in collaboration with Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), and a discovery visit day, organized by Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE).
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.
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
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 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 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 has extensive expertise in leadership, especially from the point-of-view of potential development, talent management, individual diversity (MBTI Step I and Step II Certification, WorkPlace Big Five Profile Certification) and self- leadership. She is an expert and frequent lecturer on these topics.
Lumme-Tuomala defended her DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) dissertation on Talent Management in June 2017.
At Aalto University Executive Education, she is responsible for strategic marketing, communications, and alumni relations. Additionally, her responsibilities include the development of Talent Management and High Potential concepts and programs.
Her working experience includes Pfizer (HRD Manager 2001 – 2005), Mercuri Urval (2000 – 2001), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Regional Finance Officer, Africa 1995 – 1999).
Riitta Lumme-Tuomala holds a M.Sc. in Economics with a major in International Marketing from the Helsinki School of Economics, and an EMBA from HSE Executive Education.
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 is a Research Fellow at the 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 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 educator. Hiekkanen's research interests include the industrial Internet and the digitalization of Industries. He is an expert on machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence.
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.
Program Fee and Registration
Digital Innovation Strategy Study Tour
This is a three-day elective module of the Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership program, which can also be taken as a stand-alone program. The Digital Innovation Strategy Study Tour consists of two lecture days on the Stanford campus, delivered by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), and a discovery visit day, organized by Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE).