Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application

Course starts 18 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
10 November 2020
Course Starts:
18 November 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
5–8 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $3,500
Payment Options
MIT Sloan School of Management


Blockchain technology has the potential to fundamentally change the way business is conducted, and to transform the foundations of our economic and social systems.

This online program draws on the work of leading MIT faculty and cryptoeconomics expert Christian Catalini, and examines blockchain technology from an economic perspective.

With a focus on its organizational opportunities and limitations, the program will equip you with the tools to leverage blockchain technology to drive innovation and efficiency in your business.

On completion, you’ll be able to implement a blockchain-based solution to address a business problem within your own context.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A deeper understanding of the capabilities of blockchain technology, enabling you to assess which business problems it can solve
  • A blockchain-based strategy that addresses a business challenge within your industry
  • A thorough understanding of how blockchain technology lowers the cost of verification and the cost of networking
  • Knowledge of how blockchain powers applications like bitcoin and other token-based initiatives

Is this course for you?

This online short course is not technical, but rather focuses on the applications of blockchain technology for business. It’s geared towards leaders and managers seeking a deeper understanding of the impact of blockchain technologies in an economic environment, and to identify areas for implementation in their organization.

Course curriculum

Learn how blockchain technology has the potential to transform economic and social systems and how to leverage it in your business, as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 An introduction to blockchain technology
  • Module 2 Bitcoin and the curse of the double-spending problem
  • Module 3 Costless verification: blockchain technology and the last mile problem
  • Module 4 Bootstrapping network effects through blockchain technology and cryptoeconomics
  • Module 5 Using tokens to design new types of digital platforms 
  • Module 6 The future of blockchain technology, AI, and digital privacy

Discover the transformative potential of blockchain technology

This MIT Sloan online program is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you learn how to leverage blockchain technology to transform your business in this online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Your Faculty Director

The design of this online program is guided by MIT Sloan faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Christian Catalini


Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT,
Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
Founder, MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab

Christian Catalini is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, and associate professor of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management, MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab.

Catalini's main areas of interest are the economics of digitization, entrepreneurship, and science. His research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and the economics of equity crowdfunding and start-up growth. Catalini is one of the principal investigators of the MIT Digital Currencies Research Study, which gave access to all MIT undergraduate students to Bitcoin in the Fall of 2014. He is also part of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the Digital Currency Initiative. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management), and MSc (summa cum laude) in economics and management of new technologies from Bocconi University, Milan. In 2009-10 he was a visiting student at Harvard University. His work has been featured in Nature, Science, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, WIRED, NPR, Forbes, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post among others. He has presented his research at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, the Wharton School, Yale University, London Business School, New York University, UC Berkeley, the Federal Reserve Bank, the SEC, the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Department of Defense, the World Bank, and the White House OSTP.


Faculty Members

Catherine Tucker


Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor, Marketing

Silvio Micali


Ford Professor of Engineering

Erik Brynjolfsson


Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy 

Roberto Rigobon


Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor, Applied Economics


Neha Narula


Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab

Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Earn an official certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

This program also counts towards an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn by completing four programs; three from your chosen certificate track and one completed in person. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 18 November 2020.

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    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

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