Organizational Design for Digital Transformation

Course starts 18 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
10 November 2020
Course Starts:
18 November 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, self-paced online learning
USD $2,800
Payment Options
MIT Sloan School of Management


As technology continues to reshape industries, many companies are seeking large-scale digital transformation as a way to maximize results and get ahead of their competition. To succeed in the digital economy, established businesses must develop and apply new technology and organizational capabilities.

In the Organizational Design for Digital Transformation online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Faculty Director Jeanne Ross offers an in-depth exploration of the five key dimensions of digital transformation, and how successful transformation can occur when systematically driven. These five dimensions form the foundational design principles for organizations seeking to leverage new technologies for innovation. The program also explores how business leaders can influence their organizational mindset to change deeply held, traditional practices, and examines ways to transform your company through business design and strategy inspired by technology.

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What will set you apart

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

  • The ability to assess the digital strengths and priorities of your organization

  • Tools for updating your existing processes and systems as a digital company

  • An analysis of the key components that will enable rapid digital innovation

  • Insights into balancing autonomy and alignment within an accountability framework

  • Recommended next steps for your long-term digital transformation plan

Is this course for you?

This program is designed for leaders across sectors who are eager to make digital transformation a strategic priority and optimize their digital business models. Mid, senior and top-level managers, including C-suites and other leaders can benefit from the opportunity to engage with industry experts within the MIT network, and learn to leverage an array of digital technologies in order to develop new value propositions for their customers.

Course curriculum

Learn how to transform your company through business design and strategy as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Designing for digital success
  • Module 2 Achieving operational success
  • Module 3 Customer desires and digital solutions
  • Module 4 Digital design: enabling rapid innovation
  • Module 5 Creating an effective innovation culture
  • Module 6 Implementing digital transformation

Are you effectively leading your organization towards digital transformation?

This MIT Sloan online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you define the next steps for your organization’s digital transformation plan.

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 program.

Jeanne Ross

Jeanne Ross

Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research

Organizational theorist and principal research scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management, Ross serves as director of the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). She is largely known for her work on IT governance, and enterprise architecture. Targeting the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's nearly 100 global sponsor companies, she investigates how firms develop a competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. Her work has appeared in major practitioner and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She is a founding senior editor and former editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly Executive.

Ross earned a BA from the University of Illinois, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Industry Experts

Nils Fonstad

Nils Fonstad

Research Scientist, Europe and LATAM, MIT Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR)

Alec Whitters

Alec Whitters

CEO and Cofounder, Higher Learning Technologies

Edgar van Zoelen

Edgar van Zoelen

Global Consulting Transformation Lead and Head of HealthSuite Labs, Philips

Herve Coureil

Herve Coureil

Chief Digital Officer, Schneider Electric

Julie Ross

Julie Ross

People Operations Team Lead, Google

Shamim Mohammad

Shamim Mohammad

Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer, CarMax

Cynthia Beath

Cynthia Beath

Professor Emeritus, the University of Texas at Austin

Edwin van Kouwen

Edwin van Kouwen

Director Enterprise Architecture, LEGO System A/S

Martin Mocker

Martin Mocker

Professor, ESB Business School Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan

Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Learn to facilitate successful digital transformation and earn an official certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you 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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