This is a photo of Prof. Joe Peppard during a program.

IT Leadership Program

Develop your leadership capabilities to drive your organizations forward in the use of it

Most organizations today are fundamentally dependent on their IT systems. Few could survive for very long without them. It is ironic, then, that most companies are also dissatisfied with the value and contribution that IT is making to their business. Blame is usually laid at the door of the company’s IT leader. ESMT research reveals that many are struggling with the kind of leadership necessary to drive their organizations forward in the use of IT.

The IT Leadership Program (ITL) provides the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to be a successful and dynamic IT leader. The underpinning philosophy of this program is that chief information officers (CIO) and IT Directors are first and foremost business leaders, albeit with special responsibilities for IT. By the end of the program, participants will have developed leadership capabilities that will help them to shape the strategic direction, innovation, and value that organizations derive from IT. They will also have the confidence to operate effectively in the C-suite.

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Target audience

Target audience

Executives with responsibility for IT, IT managers with leadership ambitions, chief information officers, and IT executives who seek an extra edge.

Key topics

Key topics

  • Being a business-focused IT leader
  • Navigating an organization’s political landscape
  • Influencing and communicating with key stakeholders
  • Thinking strategically and having strategic conversations
  • Growing great performers and building leadership teams
  • Developing and aligning information, systems, and IT strategies with business drivers
  • Designing a workable IT governance structure
  • Defining business operating-models and enterprise architecture
  • Building and managing the IT investment portfolio
  • Tackling the leadership challenges of the CIO

 

Take-home value

Take-home value

Individual key benefits

Participants will expand their knowledge and enhance their personal performance as effective IT leaders. While developing leadership capabilities to advance their careers, they will learn new essential skills and competencies. This, in turn, will help shape strategic direction, drive innovation, and optimize the value that organizations derive from IT. Finally, the program offers access to a lifelong learning network.

Organizational benefits

Participants’ organizations will benefit from the immediate impact of assignments between modules by offering opportunities to apply theories and frameworks. Teams and companies will gain valuable exposure to leading-edge practices, models, and ideas for immediate implementation. Thanks to improved organizational effectiveness, IT will continue to add greater value to the organizations.

Meet the faculty

Meet the faculty

Joe Peppard (Program director)

Professor, ESMT

Joe is Director of the School’s IT Leadership Program. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. Over the years he has held academic appointments at Loughborough University, Trinity College Dublin, Groningen University, and the University of Sydney.

The focus of Joe’s research and teaching is in the area of information systems and technology. His research falls under five broad themes:

  • Leadership: driving the organisation forward in the use and exploitation of IT, including the leadership role of the CIO
  • Strategy: thinking strategically about information, systems and technology
  • Innovation: marrying emerging technology capability with business opportunities
  • Organisation: structuring and sourcing IT infrastructure, services, human capital and processes and the enterprise governance of IT
  • Value: generating value from IT investments.

Joe has published widely in academic, general business and management journals. In 2009 he was awarded the Stafford Beer Medal by the OR Society for his research. His most recent books include Strategic Planning for Information Systems (Wiley) and Customer Relationship Management: Perspectives from the Marketplace (Butterworth-Heinemann). He is currently working on a book Business Innovation with Information Technology. He is an Editorial Board Member of European Management Journal and the Journal of Information Technology.

Professor Peppard's consulting is focused on advising organisations on IT and strategy related matters and how to unlock business value from their IT investments. He also works with a number of technology companies helping them with their strategy, market positioning and growth.

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