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The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Program offers a comprehensive curriculum delving into the tools, techniques, and frameworks that can enable and sustain digital innovation and strategy. Additionally, you will also gain a deeper understanding of analyzing and interpreting data while keeping in mind technology architectures and business objectives. Participants will develop advanced digital acumen to craft future business strategies, identify and prioritize monetization opportunities, and improve the customer experience across all touchpoints.
of senior executives consider digitalization as an organizational priority.
of executives anticipate increased investments in digital transformation.
of companies successfully capture value from digital transformation without clear vision and leadership commitment.
Note: There will be 14 weeks of accelerated core module learning. The faculty-led sessions are conducted usually twice a week in the mornings (PT) lasting 3–6 hours each. Connect with our learning advisor for more details on the schedule of the core modules. Topics and sessions are subject to change.
Gain insights into the applications of AI, ML, neural networks, and deep learning in shaping strategic initiatives. This is facilitated through a balanced blend of live interactive sessions and recorded lectures on topics such as the future of AI in business, building AI teams, and developing and executing AI strategy. Extend this knowledge to leverage generative AI models in building a robust strategic road map for your organization.
Take a deep dive into tools and frameworks for conceiving and assessing tech-driven futures and key disruptive technology trends (e.g., AI, IoE, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Cybersecurity, and Blockchain) in order to create a roadmap to implement innovation strategies.
The Global Leadership Conference is held annually on the Berkeley campus in the spring/summer time frame (before the end of June) to bring participants of the CDO Program together. The networking conference and graduation event gives you the opportunity to interact with peers from your cohort, faculty, and industry leaders.
The three-day event will include an immersion into the Berkeley ecosystem, networking opportunities, guest speaker sessions, and other activities to make this a memorable, insightful, and meaningful program culmination experience.
Across the core modules, participants will apply classroom lessons to a capstone project that evolves throughout the program. You are organized in groups or can work individually on an opportunity or problem in which you are interested.
The project asks you to take the next steps in leveraging digitalization to drive your organization's business objectives. Coaching sessions will be led by an industry expert serving in a learning facilitator role and include high-touch discussions. Participants submit a presentation that covers the following:
Berkeley’s proximity to Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge disruptors will help you gain insights to lead transformation in your organization. You will attend live interactions with guest speakers and thought leaders at the forefront of innovation. The world-renowned Berkeley faculty will provide you in-depth insights into the role of a CDO and take you through changing industry trends.
Saikat Chaudhuri is the inaugural faculty director of the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program, a flagship dual-degree program in engineering and business at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds the Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor’s Chair at the University, with a joint faculty appointment in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Management of Organizations groups at the Haas School of Business, along with the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.
Abhishek Nagaraj is an assistant professor in the Management and Organizations (MORS) group at Berkeley Haas. He earned his PhD in Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management (TIES) group. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and a B.Tech in Computer Science from the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).
Earn select Berkeley Haas alumni benefits upon completion of the program.
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Note: All benefits are subject to change.
The Berkeley CDO Program is ideal for senior executives, leaders, and aspirants who are responsible for driving digital strategy or who aspire to lead enterprise-wide digital innovation. It is for those aiming to grow in their existing leadership roles or stepping into one by building a multi-functional, digital-first skill set. The program design is best suited for those who wish to reciprocally share insights with a diverse group of global peers aiming to drive digital innovation in their organizations.
Upon completion of the Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program, participants are awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Digital Strategy from Berkeley Executive Education.Download Brochure
Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credits/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Berkeley Executive Education.
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program is an immersive learning journey into the tools, techniques, and frameworks that can enable and sustain digital innovation and digital strategy. Additionally, you will also gain a deeper understanding of executive leadership to advance business objectives.
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program is ideal for senior executives and leaders who are responsible for driving digital strategies or who aspire to lead enterprise-wide digital innovation. This comprehensive CDO Program is for those aiming to grow in their existing leadership roles or step into one by building a multi-functional, digital-first skill set.
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program has three core modules, followed by two asynchronous short courses — Artificial Intelligence: Business Strategies and Applications and the Future of Technology. The core modules include Managing the Digital Innovation Ecosystem, Designing and Executing Digital Strategy, and Leading Organizations from the C-Suite. This highly transformative CDO Program concludes with an in-person networking and graduation event on the Berkeley campus in California.
Upon completion of the Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program, participants will be awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Digital Strategy from Berkeley Executive Education.
Applications to the Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program can be made online and should include an updated resume or LinkedIn profile as well as professional references. The application fees vary by rounds — applying earlier will help your chances of being accepted into the program.