Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Program

Excel as a digital innovation leader

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

May 9, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

13 Months
Online and In Person

Course Duration

PROGRAM FEE

US$28,000 US$300 application fee

Early Registration Benefit

US$2,000

We are offering an early registration benefit on the program fee exclusively for participants who apply by February 22, 2022.
The final fee will be US$26,000.

Program Overview

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.

87%

of senior executives consider digitalization as an organizational priority.

SOURCE: GARTNER

65%

of executives anticipate increased investments in digital transformation.

SOURCE: BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

<30%

of companies successfully capture value from digital transformation without clear vision and leadership commitment.

SOURCE: BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

Program Highlights

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High Touch

Live online sessions, project coaching, and guest lectures by industry experts.

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High Tech

Theater-style virtual classroom brings the world-class Berkeley experience to you, wherever you are.

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Core Curriculum

Kick-start your program journey with 21 weeks of in-depth core sessions in digital leadership.

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Short Courses

Engage in one elective short course and one required short course to gain skills specific to your career.

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Real-World Application

Apply lessons learned to your job immediately.

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World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from subject matter experts and digital leaders.

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Peer Learning

Learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network.

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Interactive Sessions

Take advantage of over 150 hours of interactive learning with faculty, industry experts, and an accomplished peer group.

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Capstone Project

Apply your learnings to a real-world project guided by an industry expert learning facilitator through coaching sessions.

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Expand Your Network

Interact with peers, industry leaders, and faculty at the three-day in-person networking and graduation event.

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Alumni Benefits

Earn select Berkeley Haas alumni benefits upon completion of the program.

Curriculum

Embark on an immersive, online learning journey featuring core modules and two asynchronous short courses, followed by an in-person event.
  • Managing the Digital Innovation Ecosystem

    • Managing technological innovation in established firms
    • Navigating digital disruption
    • Driving disruption through open innovation and intrapreneurship
    • Managing alliance networks and ecosystems
    • Engaging in strategic technology outsourcing and co-creation with partners
    • Leadership and risk-taking in high-tech environments
    • Digital strategy, innovation, and organization during times of uncertainty: navigating the current pandemic and beyond

    Designing and Executing Digital Strategy

    • The four playbooks of digital strategy
    • Customer selection and technology choice
    • Organizational choices for digital strategy
    • Value chain and disruption strategies
    • Intellectual property strategies
    • Deriving value from digital innovation: negotiation exercise
    • Platform strategies

    Leading Organizations from the C-Suite

    • Driving change and dynamic execution
    • Executive decision making with data: enabling more rational decisions for you and your company
    • Persuasion and influence
    • Negotiation and conflict resolution
    • Executive presence: communication impact for the C-suite
    • Taking it back: program review and action plan

    Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change..

    • Artificial Intelligence: Business Strategies and Applications
    • Business Analytics for Leaders
    • Fintech: Frameworks, Applications, and Strategies
    • Intelligent Investing for Everyone
    • Leading Complex Projects
    • Marketing Analytics

    Note: Elective topics are subject to change

  • 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.

Capstone Strategy Project

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:

  • Summarize the opportunity
  • Submit digital inventory
  • List prioritization criteria for the opportunity. Include data alignment, cultural alignment, and success metrics
  • Use techniques to test your digital strategy
  • Assess the strategy implementation and propose next steps
  • Present your project outcomes during a showcase with faculty

At the end of the core modules, select projects will be highlighted during a showcase with faculty.

Faculty

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.

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Saikat Chaudhuri

M.E.T. Faculty Director, Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor's Chair, Innovation, Strategy & Engineering Professor

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.

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Abhishek Nagaraj

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Management of Organizations

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).

Alumni Benefits

Earn select Berkeley Haas alumni benefits upon completion of the program.

Networking and Events

  • Ability to join local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Access to a private network of distinguished Berkeley Haas alumni
  • Invitations to the annual Berkeley Haas Alumni Conference
  • Opportunity to attend select Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Executive Education networking events open to the College of Business and Economics community

Berkeley Resources

  • Access to Haas Insights — latest research and thought leadership from Industry speakers and faculty
  • 30% discount on eligible future programs after completion of your Certificate of Excellence in Digital Strategy
  • Get an @haas.executivealumni.berkeley.edu email forwarding address
  • Public access to the Long Business Library and other University database services (onsite access only)

News and Communication

  • One-year complimentary digital subscription to the California Management Review
  • Berkeley Haas alumni newsletter
  • Subscribe to the Berkeley Haas alumni jobs e-newsletter with the latest job postings from distinguished employers

Note: All benefits are subject to change.

Participant Profile

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.

Participants are required to:

  • Have a digital innovation agenda
  • Be in a role that requires them to develop and drive strategy based on the latest digital developments
  • Have 10+ years of experience
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English

Application Details

Round 1

The first application deadline is
February 22, 2022,
and the fee to apply is
US$300.

Round 2

The second application deadline is
March 24, 2022,
and the fee to apply is
US$400.

Round 3

The third application deadline is
April 21, 2022,
and the fee to apply is
US$500.

Program fee is US$28,000 and covers teaching fees, all academic material, access to online coursework, coffee breaks, lunches, and select dinners. The fee does not include accommodation for in-person module, transport expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, etc), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fee.

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Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!