Leading Digital Transformation

Respond to the urgent necessity of being able to lead the business in digitized markets.

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Leading Digital Transformation (LDT) 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. LDT 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), LDT helps participants understand not only the “what” of digitalization but also the “how” of becoming an excellent leader for a truly digitalized future. LDT covers the understanding, adaption, and immediate application of newly gained knowledge in a state-of-the-art 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

  • Making sense of digitalization
  • What are the disruptive technologies: future and current innovations
  • What is a digital leader: working with (big) Data
  • Leadership challenges of an agile organization
  • How to lead culture in a digital age
  • Understanding cyber securities and the leadership implications
  • Looking to a digital future


Meet the teaching staff

Leading Digital Transformation

12. - 14. Dec 2018
3 Days
3,500 €

Annie Faulkner (Program Director)

focuses is on business transformation and change. Having worked and been educated internationally, she understands first-hand the complexities of cross-border communication and change leadership. Prior to joining ESMT Berlin, she led a range of transformation programs for Old Mutual, AXA, AECOM, Bombardier Transportation, and Woolworth Holding South Africa. Her research interest lies in compassion as an organizational norm – leaders using new mental models, cognition, mentoring, and coaching to address disruption. She teaches executives in global partnering, digital disruption, change management, and communication worldwide and is an experienced executive coach. Annie graduated in management sciences from Warwick Business School, holds an MBA from CASS Business School, and received her MSc from Edinburgh Business School in strategic focus.


Dr. Sandro Gaycken

is director of the Digital Society Institute Berlin at ESMT and a technology and security researcher exploring the nexus of digital technology, economies, politics, and society. Sandro’s research focus is on cyberstrategy, cyberdefense, and cybersecurity. He works as a consultant and reviewer for the German Bundestag, several German ministries, inter national institutions such as EU, UNO, EAEA, and NATO, as well as for several DAX companies and unions. He has published four monographies and more than 60 articles, regularly writes opeds in leading newspapers, and has authored official government publications. He is a fellow of the Oxford Martin School, an EastWest Senior Fellow, an associate fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), a member of the benchmarking group INBENZHAP for Industrie 4.0, a director for strategic cyberdefense projects in the NATO SPS Program, and editor-in-chief of the Springer Science Briefs in Cybersecurity.


Prof. Raji Jayaraman, PhD

is a tenured associate professor of economics. She received her PhD in economics from Cornell University and worked at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich before joining ESMT in 2007. Raji’s fields of interest are development economics and labor economics. Her research examines how people respond to incentives, using micro data on individuals, schools, and firms in India, Germany, and Canada. She is currently serving as faculty lead for the ESMT Full-time MBA Program.


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.