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Leading Digital Innovation Diploma

Ongoing growth of digital technologies lastingly changes nearly every industry. Through the exponential increase in momentum at which new technologies revolutionise companies and even complete business areas, the uncertainty in the global business context increases as well. Innovative business models and rapidly-growing market participants set the pace, intensify the competition and threaten established leaders. On the other hand, digitisation is creating unforeseen business opportunities and all the required resources are openly accessible. Along six proven building blocks “Leading Digital Innovation” encourages leaders to become drivers of digital transformation and provides them with the necessary tools to establish a digital mind set in their companies.

Course content

Digital Innovation & Transformation will prepare you for your challenges as digital leader. You will be taught the key concepts of digital innovation and will apply these concepts directly in your digital innovation Capstone Project. The course content is structured along six building blocks that are required to master the transformation to a digital company. The journey to becoming a digital leader is accompanied by a Capstone Project that helps you to turn the theoretical insights into results.

All modules can be booked separately. Prices and further information can be found under the respective section below.

How you benefit

  • Learn how to build an integrated approach to digital innovation
  • Understand how to implement digital business model innovation
  • Explore the latest digital technology trends from thought leaders and expert practitioners
  • Gain hands-on experience in tools and techniques for creativity and innovation
  • Obtain a University of Cologne Executive School Diploma in Leading Digital Innovation
  • Put your new skills into practice immediately thanks to the Capstone Project

Target Audience

Our diploma programme is specifically tailored to suit management teams in organisations faced with digital technology challenges and with a desire and capacity for tackling these challenges. Suitable participants include, but are not limited to team leaders, project managers and managers of business units in large organisations, or directors and executive staff in small to medium sized companies.

Key facts:

Your Instructors:

Experts in the Science and Practice of Digital Innovation

Prof. Jan Recker, Ph.D.

Prof. Recker is professor at the chair of Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne. His teaching areas are Information Systems Research Training, Systems Development, Digital Innovation and Business Process Management. Most of his current research is in the areas Digital Innovation, Conceptual Modelling and Environmental Sustainability.  

Prof. Dr. Hans-Gerd Servatius

Prof. Servatius is managing director of the innovation specialist Competivation and teaches digital innovation at the University of Stuttgart as an honorary professor. He has over 35 years of professional experience and most DAX companies belong to his customers as well as many family businesses and public institutions. Prof. Servatius is the author and publisher of ten books and numerous articles.

Prof. Dr. Fabian J. Sting

Prof. Sting is leading the chair for Supply Chain Strategy and Innovation at the University of Cologne. His practice-driven research was published in leading academic and managerial journals such as Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Prof. Dr. Detlef Schoder

Prof. Schoder is leading the chair of Information Systems and Information Management at the University of Cologne. He focuses on data-centric product, process, and business model innovations. In corporation with partner companies he won several awards for the application of Artificial Intelligence, including the IATA Innovation Award 2016.

Prof. Dr. Hernán Bruno

Prof. Bruno is professor of Marketing and Digital Environment at the University of Cologne and was professor of Marketing at the INSEAD Business School and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Professor Bruno's research focuses on statistical modelling to support marketing decision-making or to generate insights into marketing phenomena.