Digital Transformation (Online)

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Course Dates

November 18, 2020

Course Duration


2 months, online
4-6 hours per week

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Who is This Program For?

This online program is designed for mid to senior-level managers who need a strategy to lead their business unit or firm through a sea of massive disruption. Leaders who strive to be more proactive in implementing new ideas, staying ahead of the competition, and aligning their people, data, and technology are prime candidates. Participants may be leaders of a functional department, head of a business unit or region, or have general management responsibilities. Since all industries are vulnerable to some manner of disruption, all industries can benefit from this hands-on experience. The program culminates with a capstone project where participants create an action plan for a challenge at a level that is appropriate for their role or responsibility.

Representative functions and industries of past participants include:
  • CEO, Consulting
  • Managing Director, Publishing
  • CIO, Retail
  • Digital Transformation Director, Energy
  • Enterprise IT Director, Banking & Financial Services
  • IT Manager, Education
  • Digital Leader, IT Services
  • Global Transformation Manager, Industrial Goods
  • Head of Data Analytics, Healthcare
  • CRM Manager, Telecommunications

About the Digital Transformation Program

Data and technology are at the core of digital transformation, but these factors alone are not sufficient to make the leap towards staying relevant. It's also about people and their capabilities.

The Digital Transformation online program by UC Berkeley Executive Education takes leaders through a two-month journey that equips them to:

  • Identify opportunities to address specific problems within the firm and frame them in a way where a digital solution can be optimal.
  • Manage the organizational transformations, in the form of people and processes, required to enable measurable and significant change.
  • Navigate the legal and ethical considerations that surround digital business practices, such as privacy and data protection.

Program Topics

There’s no question that data and technology are key levers for digital transformation, but it’s also about people and organizational alignment. While much of this online program focuses on opportunities for advancing your strategic digital plan, there is also an emphasis on people and the organization.

  1. Module 1: Introduction and Overview

  2. Module 2: Opportunities for Digital Transformation

  3. Module 3: The Role of Data

  4. Module 4: The Process of Digital Transformation

  1. Module 5: Digital Business Models

  2. Module 6: People and the Organization

  3. Module 7: Technology and Policy

  4. Module 8: Conclusion and Action Plan

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Your Learning Journey

In addition to the practical knowledge that you’ll gain from the video lectures, you’ll learn from live webinars with UC Berkeley Executive Education’s top faculty on digital transformation. You’ll engage in peer discussions moderated by program facilitators, and solidify concepts through case studies, assignments, and quizzes. At the end of the online program, you will complete a capstone project, addressing a real-world challenge you face in your organization.

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Industry Examples

Across all industries, digital technologies have changed how information is transmitted and processed. Every organization is effectively an information company, and every industry is vulnerable to some degree of disruption. Learn from these examples:

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Optimize hospital patient flow in an emergency department.

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Conduct network analysis to find the high-value customers and leverage those relationships.

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Use A/B testing to determine the effectiveness of advertising—how much exposure is enough to convert?

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Optimize an in-store shopping order using “shopper engineering” from Instacart and predict what item the shopper will add to cart next.

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Using indoor location tracking of airline passengers, learn how predictive and prescriptive analytics help understand where passengers go and what services to offer them.

Company Examples

UC Berkeley Executive Education's faculty have strong relationships with industry. Content from the program is either inspired by or directly derived from research and applications from companies that include:

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Cambridge Analytica
One of the most notorious data breaches of all time occurred when Cambridge Analytica sold Facebook user data and violated the terms and conditions of the API. Learn the ways that legal and ethical considerations factor into digital business transactions.

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Panera Bread
The customer experience was suffering at Panera Bread due to long order and wait times. Being a data-driven company, they studied the problem using customer data and launched an ‘order-ahead’ mobile app, greatly decreasing order and wait times. They also updated the staffing algorithm, achieving operational gains.

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How does a payment platform become ubiquitous? It requires both buyers and sellers to get on board, presenting the old chicken and the egg conundrum: which comes first? Learn how a onesided market evolves into a two-sided market where both buyers and sellers derive value.

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United Parcel Service (UPS)
Imagine you are tasked with creating the best driving routes to provide the ‘last mile’ of residential delivery service to customers. How can data help you find the optimal routes for your drivers? We’ll pull from descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics techniques to solve this challenge.

Note: All product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. The study of these products and/or companies does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Participant Testimonials

Hear from some of our past participants who come from a wide array of companies and industries.

Clelia Lancelot Testimonial

"I have to say the overall balance between short videos, case studies, assignments, discussions and webinars was good. Great overview on Digital Transformation and good use of examples."

—Clelia Lancelot, Portfolio Lead Director
Lolita Tan Testimonial

"All topics were good and there was plenty of learning. Discussions on organizational alignment, importance of data quality and alignment of all the 3 organization, data and technology was enlightening. It was interesting to learn how an organization can move forward through digital transformation."

—Lolita Tan, IMS head
Miguel Ortega Testimonial

"The program is filled with lots of examples from different industries and covers every layer involved in Digital Transformation: Data, People and Technology."

—Miguel Ortega, Director Management Consulting

Program Faculty

Learn from our distinguished faculty at the forefront of information and communication technology, online marketing strategy and management philosophy.

Sameer B. Srivastava Faculty

Sameer B. Srivastava

Associate Professor & Harold Furst Chair in Management
Philosophy and Values

Sameer B. Srivastava is an Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and is also affiliated with UC Berkeley Sociology. His research unpacks the complex interrelationships among the culture of social groups, the cognition of individuals within these groups, and the connections that people forge within and across groups... More info

Thomas Lee Faculty

Thomas Lee

Associate Adjunct Professor, Research Scientist

Thomas Lee is an Associate Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist in the Haas Operations and Information Technology Management Group at the Haas School of Business. He teaches and conducts research on information and communication technologies to support innovation and new product development. Specifically, he develops and applies text and data mining methods for processing user-generated content... More info

Zsolt Katona Faculty

Zsolt Katona

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Zsolt Katona holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Eotvos University in his native Hungary and a Ph.D. in marketing from INSEAD France. He is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and the Cheryl and Christian Valentine Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is an expert in online marketing strategy and social media. Zsolt’s research focuses on online marketing strategy... More info


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Get recognized! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 80% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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This program counts toward a Certificate of Business Excellence

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Pillar(s): Strategy & Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation

A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence gives individuals the opportunity to create a personal plan of study structured by our four academic pillars. Participants will earn a mark of distinction with certification from a world-class university, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years.

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