Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation - 2018
Change is the new constant in leadership of the 21st century. Never before in history have the opportunities of creating new business value been so easily reachable for organizations – and so elusive at the same time. Digital technology offers speed and scalability to drive successful innovation and adaptivity on the one hand – and represents one of the most important leadership challenges on the other. Leaders are charged with navigating the dynamic complexity of a new era, which more than ever requires a holistic perspective. Digital Transformation is not just located in your IT department – it is a cultural revolution that reaches all parts of your organization: your internal infrastructure, your relationships to partners and clients as well as your product and service portfolio. Successful Digital Transformation requires a human-driven strategy, a creative view on technological potential and a hands-on entrepreneurial mindset.
Since August 23, 2018
Language: English

Course information


Leading successfully through the digital evolution: The Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) offer this intensive executive program that merges three key transformational factors: Human Needs, Digital Technology and Business Transformation Management.

You will discover a holistic, step-by-step approach to New Leadership, which encompasses three types of value creation:

  1. Using Design Thinking as a leadership strategy for Human-Centered Value Creation
  2. Growing your knowledge and creativity for Digital Technology Value Creation
  3. Getting inspired by success strategies of the Silicon Valley community

Each of these topics is at the center of a 3 – 4 day face-to-face training block, complemented and deepend by online materials made accessible on this platform.

Block 1:HUMAN CENTERED TRANSFORMATION, HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam (Germany) 3 Day Design Thinking Leadership Workshop

Block 2:DIGITAL ACCELERATORS, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam (Germany) 3 Day Digital Technology and Innovation Workshop

Block 3:ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUE CREATION, Stanford University, California (USA) 4 Day Session: Business Transformation Lectures, On-Site-Visits Silicon Valley, Exercises, Reflections

Course contents


  • Getting started:

    The Hasso Plattner Institute and the Stanford Center for Professional Development warmly welcome you to “Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation”. Before the program begins, we would like to provide you with some general information.
  • Block 1 - HUMAN CENTERED TRANSFORMATION:

    Starting with the definition of your transformation purpose, you will discover and practice Design Thinking as a leadership strategy for creating an adaptive culture for making change. In small teams, you will use Design Thinking principles to: 1. Create your transformation purpose. 2. Bring to light human needs connected to the different areas of the value creation process and define your digital transformation challenge. 3. Develop, in a Design Thinking mode, example compass solutions that have the power to unleash cultural change.
  • Online Course "Leading Innovation" + Webinar:

    **September 10 – November 9, 2018** Dive into an online course from the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate program that is influenced by the spirit of Silicon Valley and blends real-world innovation experience with proven research models to help you master the skills and mindset you need to solve your business challenges. The online module is complemented by a live virtual webinar given by Jeremy Sabol, a member of the Stanford faculty, that will allow you to work in teams to apply the content of the course to your every day jobs and realities. + Webinar by Jeremy Sabol on **Thursday, November 6 at 8 - 9:30 am PST / 5 - 6:30 pm CET**
  • Block 2 - DIGITAL ACCELERATORS:

    In the second Block, you will focus on the pragmatic and strategic legitimation of Digital Transformation. You will discover how digital technology can magnify and scale solutions and how culture can act as a guiding force for creating a digital vision.
  • Optional: Online Course "Simplifying Businesses with In-Memory Computing":

    Digital transformation of businesses is driven by several key factors: big data, social media, cloud and mobile solutions. These digital innovations are all dependent by one key resource: data. When having a closer look at businesses, it becomes thus evident that they need a strong technical foundation for that. A digital transformation therefore could also start from the digital backbone of a business: it's transactional and analytical systems and its underlying database. To access and extract knowledge from the vast amounts of data already gathered will be a crucial part of a company's ability to adapt to upcoming challenges. This two week webinar is composed of several short videos from Hasso Plattner, each focusing on different aspects of enterprise data management. They are backed by selected reads, fostering a deeper understanding of the respective topic. Voluntary quizzes ensure and support the comprehension.
  • Block 3 - ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUE CREATION:

    In Block 3 you will enrich your hands-on training and knowledge gathering experience with a full immersion into entrepreneurial mindset in Stanford University and Silicon Valley. You will leave with new knowledge, myriad examples, strategies and success principles as inspiration and foundation for creating business value with Digital Transformation.
  • Getting on:

    Inspiration you might find helpful for bringing your endavours in Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation back to your team.

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Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering

The Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) at the University of Potsdam is Germany’s university excellence center for Digital Engineering. The HPI is the only university institute in Germany offering the bachelor’s and master’s program in “IT Systems Engineering” – a practical and engineering-oriented study program in computer science, in which about 500 students are presently enrolled. The HPI School of Design Thinking is Europe’s first innovation school for university students. It is based on the Stanford model of the d.school and offers 240 places yearly for a supplementary study. There are a total of twelve HPI professors and over 50 guest professors, lecturers and contracted teachers at the Institute. HPI carries out research noted for its high standard of excellence in its topic areas. Research work is also conducted at the Potsdam HPI Research School for PhD candidates as well as at its branches in Cape Town, Haifa and Nanjing. HPI always earns the highest positions in the CHE university ranking. Since the beginning of September 2012, HPI has offered openhpi.de, an interactive Internet educational platform. Its free online courses are open to everyone.

Stanford Center for Professional Development

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. The Stanford Center for Professional Development makes it possible for today’s best and brightest professionals to enroll in Stanford University courses and programs while they maintain their careers. Courses and programs from the School of Engineering and related Stanford departments are delivered online, at Stanford, at company work sites and international locations—providing a global community of learners with flexibility and convenience and enabling them to apply their education to their work. The Stanford Center for Professional Development upholds the mission of Stanford Engineering to encourage life-long learning and forge the future by educating tomorrow’s leaders in industry. Emerging learning technologies open new opportunities in how we teach and the ways in which students learn.

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