Leading Digital Transformation

Digitale Transformation: Umbruch in Führung und Kultur

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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-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

Annie Faulkner (Program Director)

Annie´s focus at ESMT Berlin 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


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.


Martin Schallbruch

Martin Schallbruch is a long-term strategist of digitalization. He has broad experience in the social, economic, and political implications of this process and even with the rules governing our digital society. He is an expert in organizing cooperation between government, industry, NGOs, and researchers in the management of digitization.

His research focuses on issues of cyber policies, cybersecurity and regulation in cyberspace. He advocates a strategy of digital sovereignty, strengthening and extending the ability of individuals, businesses, and governments to act in cyberspace without unwanted dependencies.

He has published over 30 articles on questions of legal and administrative computer science, IT security, and public ICT. In the 18 years of his work for the government he gave over 200 speeches, lectures, and interviews on issues of ICT, digitization, and cybersecurity.