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Digital technologies are engendering new business models and reshaping business functions across diverse industries. In turn, the competitive landscape of these industries has been fundamentally altered, with digital start-ups and tech giants like Amazon, Netflix, and Google already entrenched and emerging as formidable competitors, steadily eating into the market share of diverse industry incumbent leaders in these industries. This modern technology-led competitive landscape underscores the pressing need to redefine value, re-invent paradigms for creating and extracting value, reshape culture and collaboration organisational processes and culture, and be equipped to maintain competitive advantage and lead in new ways to drive competitive advantage and sustainable growth.

The Strategic Digital Leadership Programme is developed to offer key insights and skills vital for thriving in an era of digital transformation. It reinforces the critical demand for leaders who can actively shape the digital narrative, ensuring their organisations remain competitive and innovative in a world where digital prowess dictates market leadership. This comprehensive programme is structured around four foundational pillars: Digital Business Models, Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Innovation, and Leading Digital Strategies spread over three transformational phases.

Phase one of the programme delves into the transformations enabled by digital technologies, focusing on AI-led business impacts and disruptive digital business models. This phase will also provide an understanding of what constrains incumbent response to digital transformation. The second phase emphasises real-world application through Business Leadership Challenge (BLC), allowing participants to apply their insights in practical contexts. The final phase of the programme explores digital innovation and leadership, equipping leaders with a playbook for creating new products and services using digital technologies and managing effective leadership of digital transformation efforts in their organisations. It focuses on the interplay between humans and technology and addresses organisational challenges related to digital transformation.

Targeted at functional leaders and mid to senior-level managers, this programme is well suited for those aiming to embed state-of-the-art digital strategies in their leadership portfolio. It is ideal for professionals who want to learn how to align

emerging technologies with business objectives to catalyse organisational growth in a digitally dominated world. Participants will benefit from a digital mindset, knowledge of how to nurture a sustainable digital culture, and strategies to create competitive value in the new digital economy.

Key Takeaways

  • Harnessing AI and analytics for data-driven decision-making
  • Implementing advanced digital business strategies
  • Driving innovation and digital transformation in organisations
  • Cultivating skills for leading in a digitally evolved business environment

Is This Programme For You?

  • A senior executive (C-level, VP, Director) in a large corporation or a mid-sized company, particularly in technology, operations, marketing, strategy, and innovation functions
  • A mid to senior-level manager (department/regional/national head, senior manager, project lead) across industries aiming to leverage digital technologies for business growth
  • A leader from either an established or emerging organisation seeking to integrate digital innovation into their leadership and transition into strategic digital roles

Learning Experience

ISB Executive Education programmes are replete with distinctive teaching methodologies and an intense and challenging learning environment that pushes participants’ learning horizons beyond their pre-existing beliefs. Through lectures from distinguished faculty, local and global case studies, business simulations, and group discussions with extraordinary peers from a broad range of industries, regions, and functions, you will be equipped with the strategies, tools and insights required to transform your thinking and achieve ambitious business objectives. You will return to your organisation, fully ready to apply what you have learned. You will also take with you a rich network of relationships that will enrich your personal and professional lives long after you complete the programme. 

Blended Programmes: Combining the best of both worlds with high-impact real-time, synchronous learning as well as self-paced online modules delivered with the same rigour both in-person and virtually. 

Admission Criteria

To ensure a dynamic and diverse batch profile, candidates will be evaluated based on multiple factors, including but not limited to:

  • Appropriate experience profile for this programme
  • Leadership potential
  • Evidence of professional achievement
  • Industry and functional background
  • Motivation to participate in the programme and the ability to benefit from it
  • Ability to cope with the rigour of the programme

We admit candidates based on a rolling, space-available basis, and encourage you to apply as early as possible to secure your seat in the programme.

The on-campus sessions are subject to evolving global situation. Programme content, dates, schedule, fees, delivery platforms, and faculty are subject to change. The programme fee includes food and accommodation at the ISB campus, or an equivalent facility based on availability.


Phase 1 - Month 1 - Orientation & Kick-Off

Day 1: Digital Business Models

  • Understand pathways to disruption of incumbent industries by emergent classes of technology-enabled competition, including digital start-ups and giants
  • Analyse key characteristics of business models in the digital economy, including platforms and merchant models. Develop a nuanced understanding of the distinction between these different digital business models
  • Identify the new-age capabilities required of firms for digital transformation, including identifying and responding to under-served customer segments, orchestrating or participating in an ecosystem of partnerships, and amplifying in-house digital capabilities
  • Critically reflect and craft your custom strategy for transformation

Day 2: AI Strategies

  • Delve into the transformative impacts of artificial intelligence, exploring how it induces a fundamental shift in how we perceive and engage with work. Learn to strategically harness its power to cultivate a more intelligent and efficient world of work
  • Understand the potential of AI to transform business pro- cesses and business models
  • Navigate the intricate landscape of ethics, privacy consider- ations, and regulations intrinsic to using AI. Develop a keen awareness of safe and responsible AI implementation
  • Explore the revolutionary potential of Generative AI and its far-reaching implications. Understand its potential to trans- form every facet of our professional landscape, from creative processes to problem-solving, ushering in a new era of unprecedented possibilities

Day 3: Business Analytics

  • Explore how data is generated, collected, and integrated from various channels, including IoT devices, social media, and traditional databases
  • Discover the transformative impact of data-informed decision making across the value chain
  • Gain insights into diverse data sources, types and analytical methods that allow interpretation of such data to inform business decisions
  • Understand the role of analytics and emerging technologies in disrupting industries
  • Transform organisations by reconfiguring them into data-driven decision-making hubs that are relevant to the future



Deepa Mani

Deputy Dean, Executive Education; Professor of Information Systems, ISB


Ram Nidumolu

Professor of Organisational Behaviour (Practice), ISB


Vishal Karungulam

Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Clinical), ISB


Anitesh Barua

Visiting Faculty, ISB, Professor of Information, Risk & Operations Management, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

ISB Certificate

After successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded an ISB Executive Education Certificate, formal recognition of your professional development.

ISB Executive Alumni

On successful completion of this programme, participants gain the ISB Executive Alumni status. The privileges of this exclusive community include:

  • Access to the Executive Alumni portal
  • Personal ISB e-mail ID
  • Access to ISB Executive Network LinkedIn Group
  • Access to the support team over the telephone
  • 20% discount on open executive education programmes

In addition to the above, ISB Executive Alumni are eligible to receive ongoing access to a variety of ISB research, information, and resources.

Please note that the access to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) has been extended for participants of this programme for use throughout the programme duration. Participants will be liable to pay & procure LRC’s paid content.

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