As world-class companies strive to remain productive in a stagnant economy, they face complex 21st-century challenges that are founded in the effects of Digital Disruption. According to a recent McKinsey study, by 2025 digitization of industrial applications will account for approximately $43 trillion of the annual global economy, and that the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to create an additional $11.1 trillion.

To help Fortune 500 companies harness the extraordinary potential of technology, CTO Forum and Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education have joined forces to launch Rethink Strategy & Innovation: Strategic Leadership of Technology and Innovation. The mission of this groundbreaking program is to help senior leaders identify, examine, and overcome the industry challenges they face in developing and leading the organization and in sustaining a competitive edge.

In July, the best minds in business and technology from diverse industries and countries will convene on the HBS campus to rethink strategy, disruption, and innovation—and prepare to meet tomorrow's global challenges and opportunities.

Delivering critical tools for Innovation and Growth Strategy, Architecting Platforms & Ecosystems for the Digital Transformation, Developing Models for Digital Business, Management of Change in Complex Environments, and Linking Strategy to Execution, you'll emerge with a refreshed perspective, new strategic approaches, and a global network that extends long after the program concludes.

What You Can Expect

Rethink Strategy is a custom Executive Education program that helps top-tier technology and business executives transform their leadership and organizations by building a culture of breakthrough innovation, corporate renewal, and systemic growth. Along with an elite group of Fortune 500 executives, you will explore innovative strategies for transforming your leadership, delivering value through technology, and differentiating your company for competitive advantage.

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Rethink Strategy is a custom Executive Education program that helps top-tier technology and business executives transform their leadership and organizations by building a culture of breakthrough innovation, corporate renewal, and systemic growth. Along with an elite group of Fortune 500 executives, you will explore innovative strategies for transforming your leadership, delivering value through technology, and differentiating your company for competitive advantage.

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Your Course of Study

This intensive four-day program explores global case studies on innovation-leading companies like The Walt Disney Company and Pixar, Adobe, General Electric, Jones Lang LaSalle, Schibsted, and the evolving circus industry. The individuals directly affiliated with the cases being studied often attend a case discussion and join participants at dinner as guest speakers to lend further insight and an up-close perspective on industry issues.

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This intensive four-day program explores global case studies on innovation-leading companies like The Walt Disney Company and Pixar, Adobe, General Electric, Jones Lang LaSalle, Schibsted, and the evolving circus industry. The individuals directly affiliated with the cases being studied often attend a case discussion and join participants at dinner as guest speakers to lend further insight and an up-close perspective on industry issues.

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Who Is Right for the Program

Rethink Strategy is ideal for senior business and technology executives of Fortune 500 and other well-established global companies.

Typical participant titles include:

  • CEOs, Presidents, COOs, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officers
  • CTOs, VPs of Engineering, VPs of Product, and R&D Lab Directors
  • CIOs, IT CTOs, VPs of Development, and VPs of IT (all areas)

Rethink Strategy is ideal for senior business and technology executives of Fortune 500 and other well-established global companies.

Typical participant titles include:

  • CEOs, Presidents, COOs, and Chief Innovation & Strategy Officers
  • CTOs, VPs of Engineering, VPs of Product, and R&D Lab Directors
  • CIOs, IT CTOs, VPs of Development, and VPs of IT (all areas)

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Technology and Operations Management Unit; and faculty chair of HBS Executive Education in India, "Leading Product Innovation." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Stefan H. Thomke

Faculty Chair
William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Technology and Operations Management Unit; and faculty chair of HBS Executive Education in India, "Leading Product Innovation."

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Admissions

To register for the 2017 HBS/CTO program please visit the CTO Forum website.

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To register for the 2017 HBS/CTO program please visit the CTO Forum website.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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