Digital Leadership Master's Programme
The master’s programme in Digital Leadership provides you the opportunity to gain deep understanding of how digitalization transforms industries and society. As a student of the programme, you will develop a toolset for a leading role in responsibly shaping this transformation. Methods and techniques for analysing the implications of digitalization will complement your skills to manage and lead change in complex environments. Our programme focuses on strategies to simultaneously leverage digitalization and address potential negative effects.
Digitalization offers almost unlimited opportunities for firms, public authorities, and citizens. However, digitalization is a force without conscience, and existing markets, organizations, and technologies can be steamrolled, exacerbating and causing new societal challenges. Digital leadership requires the capability to navigate competing concerns of digitalization, but also actively orchestrate digital innovation processes. In order to preserve valuable learned experiences, we must learn to navigate a new landscape where digitalization needs coexist with established proven practices. Our newly developed master’s programme in Digital Leadership has adapted to this changing landscape by providing you with capabilities in five distinct areas:
- technological change
- value creation
- market logic
A balanced response to digitalization
Departing from technological change, our programme primarily focuses on management and leadership, and relates classical theories to contemporary research and current practice. The overall purpose of the programme is to give you a deep understanding of how digitalization transforms society and to develop your capabilities for taking a leading role in embracing and shaping this transformation. We offer a broad theoretical foundation for understanding contemporary phenomena, and methods and techniques for analysing the implications of digitalization. This balance of theory and practice supports you in developing your practical skills to deal with change in complex environments.
A collaborative, practice-oriented education
Our programme works in close collaboration with industry partners, ensuring that we combine academic rigour with practical relevance, including in your project work and possible thesis collaborations. You will develop your own question and explore it while learning through project work, lectures, seminars, case studies, and individual supervision. Some of your classmates will already be active practitioners with experience, providing a mutually beneficial learning environment to explore the management and leadership aspects of digitalization.
A strong foundation with freedom to choose
Our mandatory courses introduce key concepts within the area of innovation strategy, governance and control, digital infrastructure, and organizing in the context of an increasingly digitalized society. Building upon this solid foundation, you will have the opportunity to pursue your individual interests with elective courses. You can deepen your perspective on digitalization of society through selected courses in entrepreneurship and innovation and research methods, or you can opt to broaden your education with optional courses offered by the University of Gothenburg or at another university in Sweden or abroad.
Programme structure and content
The first two semesters provide a solid foundation with four mandatory courses:
- Innovation Strategy for the Digital Economy
- Governance and Control for Digital Capabilities
- Digital Infrastructure
- Organizing for Digital Transformation
During the third semester, you can choose elective courses from the University of Gothenburg or another university, or choose the following recommended courses:
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Digital Society
- Research Methods
The final semester consists of your independent master’s thesis.