Leading Digital Transformation

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 participants with insights and impulses to understand, and respond to, the need to effectively lead businesses within increasingly digitalized markets. LDT addresses digital culture, innovations, and leadership aspects and thus tries to provide a well-rounded overview of the complexity of the phenomenon Digital Transformation. The program also encourages participants to become drivers of change in their companies by developing new mindsets and behaviors within teams and departments. Through interactive and experiential learning, LDT helps participants understand not only the “what” of digitalization but also the “how” of becoming an excellent leader for a digitalized future. LDT covers the understanding, adaptation, and immediate application of newly gained knowledge in a state-of-the-art approach. Participants will be guided though 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

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.


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. 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.