Digitale Transformation: Umbruch in Führung und Kultur

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Digitale Transformation: Umbruch in Führung und Kultur (DTF) provides executives with methods and measures that help them respond to the urgent necessity of being able to lead their businesses within increasingly digitalized markets.

DTF thereby places a special focus on leadership skills that are crucial for leading people in a digital environment. The program also encourages participants to become drivers of change in their companies by developing new mindsets and behaviors within teams and departments. Through experiential learning and by tapping into new didactical approaches (e.g., gamification and prototyping), DTF helps participants understand not only the “what” of digitalization but also the “how” of becoming an excellent leader for a truly digitalized future. DTF covers the understanding, adaption, and immediate application of newly gained knowledge in a state-of­the­art approach. Participants will be guided through a learning journey that is rich in new business perspectives and impactful leadership approaches.


Target audience

Executives at middle - and senior-management levels who are currently in a digital transformation phase or who forsee digitalization as having a significant impact on their business models, organizations, and leader–follower relationships.


Key benefits

Participants will be confronted with challenging perspectives about what digitalization actually is and how it will affect their current business and leadership behaviors. After discovering that their former experiences and accumulated knowledge are not sufficient for maintaining leadership excellence, participants will be open to acquiring new methods and skills that will assist them in guiding their businesses in new directions.


Key topics

  • Misleading experiences and biased leadership
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Digital strategies and business models
  • Agile decision making
  • Leading Millennials
  • Leading virtual team


Meet the staff

Dorothea Walter (Program Director)

After more than 10 years in International Education and international project management, Dorothea’s interests revolve around communication in organizations, mindfulness and positive psychology in management, self-leadership, and entrepreneurial processes. She’s enthusiastic about researching new educational opportunities. Having earned an M.A. in Literature and International Political Science, and a PhD in American Literature, Dorothea has taught Humanities as Associate Professor in Higher Education in Washington State before being contracted by Microsoft as an Instructional Developer. Here, she designed high-end course curricula, e.g. for the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program, Microsoft Education etc. Most recently, Dorothea served as Academic Program Director at the University of California Santa Barbara Professional Education, where she oversaw all international and executive education programs.


Prof. Dr. Johannes Habel

is an associate professor at ESMT Berlin and the co-director of ESMT’s Hidden Champions Institute (HCI). In his research and teaching he focuses on the management of sales, services, and marketing. Hereby, Johannes’ primary area of interest is the role of digitization as well as sales and service psychology. Johannes’ research has been published in some of the world's most renowned academic management jour nals, such as the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Before joining ESMT Berlin, Johannes worked as a strategy consultant for Booz & Company for several years.


Prof. Dr. Martin Kupp

is an associate professor for entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe, Paris, and a visiting professor at ESMT Berlin and EGP Business School in Portugal. Before that, Martin worked as a program director at ESMT Berlin and a lecturer and research assistant at the University of Cologne, where he also received his doctoral degree. Martin’s areas of expertise lie in strategic innovation, competitive strategy, and organizational creativity. Martin’s current research interests focus on the relationship between the arts and business, business strategy in technology markets, and strategic and technology-enabled innovation. Martin’s recent publications have focused on these areas and appeared in California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Business Strategy Review, Info Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, The Economic Times of India, and the Wall Street Journal. He acts as a tutor for the European Case Clearing House, where he teaches case writing and case teaching at academic institutions around the world.


Bianca Schmitz

is a co-director of the Hidden Champions Institute (HCI) and a program director at ESMT Berlin.

She is responsible for establishing new international alliances with other business schools, institutions and networks, such as the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM). Her focus lies on agile innovation processes, especially of so-called Hidden Champions. She has been trained in Design Thinking by Hasso Plattner Institute and is a certified SCRUM Product Owner.

She studied Regional Sciences of Latin America at the University of Cologne and finished with a diploma. Her focus was on economics and the Spanish language. Bianca worked for three years at the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), a nonprofit organization based in Cologne, Germany, with branches throughout the world.

Bianca’s international profile is supplemented by twoyears of work experience in Spain.