Digital Transformation

About this course:

Digital transformation is a hot topic but what exactly is it and what does it mean for companies? In this course, we talk about digital transformation in two ways. First we discuss the pace of change and the imperative it creates for businesses. Next we provide the context for this transformation and what it takes to win in the digital age. Then we walk through BCG’s proprietary framework, which helps you identify key areas to digitize, including strategy, core processes, and technology.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the underlying economics of innovation, technology, and market disruptions
  • Weigh the pros and cons of current digital technologies driving advancement
  • Utilize BCG’s digital transformation framework as a “”how-to”” for digitizing your organization

The course will start on August 12th, 2019 and end September 15th, 2019.

Syllabus:

WEEK 1 – How Technology Changes Business
The exponential rate at which technology is evolving creates an imperative for organizations to deconstruct their value chain to gain a competitive advantage. This week, we’ll discuss three fundamental laws about how digital information can be processed, communicated, and stored. Then we’ll look at how the exponential rate of technological change is driving changes in the industry. You’ll also hear from the executive leadership of Pitney Bowes about their ongoing adaptation and transformation of their business.

WEEK 2 – The Mechanics of Disruption
Disruption is not new, and we can learn from the past how to thrive given the constant disruptions that are the hallmark of the digital age. This week, we will explore the foundations of digital transformation and the nature of the competitive life cycle. We will look at the underlying economics of innovation and technological change. Finally we will explore incumbency and the economics of innovation through the lens of digital transformation.

WEEK 3 – Digital Trends Past and Future
Change as a constant has never been truer than with digital transformations. This week we will look at the key drivers of digital transformation, opportunities they have already established and the challenges they bring. Then we will explore emerging trends and technologies, what is possible/likely in the future, and currently what we’re seeing in practice.

WEEK 4 – Your Path to Digital Transformation
During Week 4 we tackle the “how” of digital transformation. We approach this challenge using BCG’s proprietary framework, which provides a practical strategic model for moving from a legacy to a digitized business. We’ll explain the framework’s fundamental duality and the different enablers of digital transformation.

University of Virginia
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About BCG
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with offices in more than 90 cities in 50 countries.

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