EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Future of Technology: Trends, Strategies, and Innovation Opportunities

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Course Dates

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June 29, 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

8 weeks, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Duration

Is Your Business Ready for Digital Transformation?

Successfully navigating the future of business requires embracing the opportunities that emerging technologies present during digital transformation. It also demands a proactive strategy to turn the unknown into opportunities, and identify areas for growth.

The Future of Technology program from UC Berkeley Executive Education provides a framework for assessing key disruptive technology trends and for creating a roadmap to implement innovation strategies. It has been designed to examine specific aspects of emerging tech, such as AI, IoE, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Cybersecurity, and Blockchain, while offering tools and frameworks for conceiving and assessing tech-driven futures.

Through live sessions with faculty, expert guest speakers, and real-world case studies featuring prominent companies, this program helps you leverage disruptive tech insights to drive innovation strategies and gain competitive advantages. Future-proof your business by joining the Future of Technology program from UC Berkeley Executive Education.

85 million

The number of jobs that emerging technologies are expected to displace by 2025.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

97 million

The number of new jobs expected to emerge due to the "division of labor between humans, machines, and algorithms" by 2025.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

Who Is This Program For?

This program is for technology and business leaders looking to capture tech-driven opportunities that create competitive advantage, and is particularly beneficial for:

Technology leaders who want to make a case for their organizations to invest in emerging technologies and create a roadmap for navigating digital transformation. Representative roles include:

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Director of Technology
  • Director of Information Systems
  • VP of Technology
  • IT Director
  • Director of Engineering
  • Tech Lead
  • IT Project Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Tech Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Systems Manager

Senior business leaders who want to grow their organizations through innovation and leverage the opportunities that new technologies present. Representative roles include:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • VP of Marketing
  • VP of Business Development
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • VP of Product Development
  • Executive Director
  • Managing Director

Mid-level functional managers who would like to explore the various applications of new technologies and understand their impact in their functional areas. Representative roles include:

  • Operations Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Analytics Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Business and Strategy Manager
  • Project Manager

Consultants who want to keep pace with disruptive technologies and discover new applications across industries while mitigating risks and instilling resilience. Representative roles include:

  • Consultant
  • Senior Consultant
  • Principal Consultant
  • IT Consultant
  • Digital Transformation Consultant
  • Technology Consultant

Entrepreneurs and business professionals looking to develop businesses around emerging technologies by identifying untapped potential.

Key Takeaways

Completing this program will empower you to:

  • Explore trends, insights, and implications of key disruptive technologies
  • Apply foresight tools and frameworks to evaluate opportunities in tech-driven futures
  • Build resilience in your organization amid technology disruption
  • Leverage disruptive tech insights to drive innovation strategy
  • Create a technology portfolio to gain competitive advantages in your industry

Program Highlights

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Live teaching sessions

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Notable guest speakers

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Live office hours

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Try-it activities

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Crowd-sourced activities

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Discussions

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Peer reviews

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Case studies

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Knowledge checks

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Business assignments

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Capstone

Program Topics

The eight-week Future of Technology program will provide both the foundation and the framework you need to successfully navigate the fourth industrial revolution. There are four live "deep dive" sessions with Berkeley Haas faculty, and after each module you will apply the emerging trends and strategic considerations of each technology to your own organization.

Module 1:

Introduction to Tech Futures

One of the most challenging aspects of navigating the future of technology is trying to harness opportunities amid the rush of constant change. Get a solid starting point with this comprehensive overview.

Module 2:

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

The future of technology will largely be enabled by AI. This module will get you up to speed on the current and future capabilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning, deep learning, and data science. Learn the key actors in the space and how your business should incorporate AI and big data into strategic considerations.

Module 3:

Compute Power

As the backbone of digital, compute power is the key to the future. Learn about real-world applications of edge computing, neuromorphic computing, and quantum computing, including autonomous vehicles and information security. Also, prepare for challenges such as politicized supply chains and energy consumption of data centers.

Module 4:

Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything (IoE) enables objects, data, processes, and people to all operate in concert in the emerging "cognitive era." Get the big picture of how the IoE is changing communications between people and machines, and how that impacts industries such as transport and logistics. In addition, learn about new opportunities involving virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Module 5:

Robotics and Automation

Take a deep dive into which tasks are automatable today and what the future may hold. This overview includes a look at the capabilities and applications of robotics, such as warehouse robots, domestic robots, and medical robots. Learn colliding trends and strategic considerations of robotics and automation for your business.

Module 6:

Cybersecurity

Get a foundational understanding of the taxonomy of cyber incidents and cyberthreats. In addition, meet key actors in cybersecurity, including seven types of hackers and the cybersecurity strategists, CISO allies, and government entities trying to stop them. Finally, learn to identify and prevent ongoing threats, such as the triangulation of your employees’ data footprint and the challenges of deepfakes.

Module 7:

Fintech and Blockchain

Get an overview of Fintech Revolution 2.0 and how it is different from Fintech Revolution 1.0 — and why that matters. Learn the real-world applications of recent innovations in the financial sector, including stablecoins, micro-payments, decentralized finance, and crypto lending platforms.

Module 8:

Portfolio Strategy

It all comes together in this module where you not only learn why strategic foresight is important, but also how to develop it using the proprietary FLP-IT framework. You will start thinking of technology in four stages, that help align your tech investments with your opportunity horizons for a more forward-leaning innovation portfolio.

Module 1:

Introduction to Tech Futures

One of the most challenging aspects of navigating the future of technology is trying to harness opportunities amid the rush of constant change. Get a solid starting point with this comprehensive overview.

Module 5:

Robotics and Automation

Take a deep dive into which tasks are automatable today and what the future may hold. This overview includes a look at the capabilities and applications of robotics, such as warehouse robots, domestic robots, and medical robots. Learn colliding trends and strategic considerations of robotics and automation for your business.

Module 2:

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

The future of technology will largely be enabled by AI. This module will get you up to speed on the current and future capabilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning, deep learning, and data science. Learn the key actors in the space and how your business should incorporate AI and big data into strategic considerations.

Module 6:

Cybersecurity

Get a foundational understanding of the taxonomy of cyber incidents and cyberthreats. In addition, meet key actors in cybersecurity, including seven types of hackers and the cybersecurity strategists, CISO allies, and government entities trying to stop them. Finally, learn to identify and prevent ongoing threats, such as the triangulation of your employees’ data footprint and the challenges of deepfakes.

Module 3:

Compute Power

As the backbone of digital, compute power is the key to the future. Learn about real-world applications of edge computing, neuromorphic computing, and quantum computing, including autonomous vehicles and information security. Also, prepare for challenges such as politicized supply chains and energy consumption of data centers.

Module 7:

Fintech and Blockchain

Get an overview of Fintech Revolution 2.0 and how it is different from Fintech Revolution 1.0 — and why that matters. Learn the real-world applications of recent innovations in the financial sector, including stablecoins, micro-payments, decentralized finance, and crypto lending platforms.

Module 4:

Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything (IoE) enables objects, data, processes, and people to all operate in concert in the emerging "cognitive era." Get the big picture of how the IoE is changing communications between people and machines, and how that impacts industries such as transport and logistics. In addition, learn about new opportunities involving virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Module 8:

Portfolio Strategy

It all comes together in this module where you not only learn why strategic foresight is important, but also how to develop it using the proprietary FLP-IT framework. You will start thinking of technology in four stages, that help align your tech investments with your opportunity horizons for a more forward-leaning innovation portfolio.

Capstone Project: The program culminates with you applying what you have learned by using the proprietary FLP-IT framework from Berkeley Haas to assess future-oriented tech scenarios and harness opportunities amid disruption by focusing on Forces, Logic, Phenomena, Impact, and Triage.

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Case Studies

To ground your understanding of technology disruption and digital transformation in a business context, the program presents case studies involving prominent companies:

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Baidu

Learn how this China-based tech giant and search engine seeks to disrupt the auto industry with a distinct strategy via Apollo, an open innovation, multisided platform with network effects for autonomous vehicles.

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Qualcomm

Understand how the multinational corporation gained and maintained dominance in the semiconductor industry.

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Tesla

Discover how the company navigated the S-curve's three phases, leading to a greater adoption of electric vehicles.

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Trumpf

Explore how the German industrial machine manufacturing company innovated its business and financial models to instill resilience.

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Olaf Groth

Olaf Groth

Professional Faculty Member, UC Berkeley and Haas School of Business

An esteemed faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Prof. Groth is also a Professor of Practice in global strategy, innovation & economics, digital & disruption futures at Hult International Business School. He teaches across a global network of campuses that includes New York, London, Shanghai, Dubai, and San Francisco... More info

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Certificate

Get recognized! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. Participants must complete 80 percent of the required activities including a capstone project (if any) to obtain the certificate of completion. This program also counts toward a Certificate of Business Excellence.

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

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