Digital Business Leadership Program (DBLP)

Columbia Business School’s Digital Business Leadership Program is an intensive, five-month, multi-modular program that prepares global executives to innovate new strategies and business models and lead their organizations to thrive in the digital age.

Key Benefits

  • Develop leadership abilities to lead digital transformation in your respective companies
  • Examine disruptive business models in a highly immersive module in Silicon Valley and learn from leading industry practitioners in New York City
  • Access to expert Columbia faculty who are world renowned experts in their fields.
  • Flexible structure which minimizes time away from work, over a five-month Ivy League learning journey
  • Apply your learnings at your workplace through project work, guided by expert faculty
  • Graduate with Columbia Business School alumni benefits, with global networking opportunities

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Participant Profiles

Participants might come from large or medium sized firms who are focused on digital transformation innovation within existing industries. The Digital Business Leadership Program will help talented leaders prepare to take on larger digital transformation roles. All the key elements of the program – the faculty, the content, peer interactions and application exercises etc. are designed specifically for participants of the experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience
  • International exposure is preferred
  • An urgent agenda for digital transformation
  • Confident fluency in written and spoken English
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Program Curriculum

  • Digital Strategy

    • The 5 Domains of Digital Transformation
    • Platforms, Coopetition, and Multi-Sided Business Models
    • From Mass Marketing to Customer Networks
    • Disruptive Business Models and Asymmetric Competition
    • Decoding A.I.: From Science Fiction to Business Application
  • Rapid Innovation

    • Innovating Through Experimentation and Minimum Viable Prototypes
    • Lean Startup: The Customer Development Method to search for Business Models
    • Value Proposition Design and Jobs to Be Done Theory
    • Building an Opportunity Portfolio
    • Translating the Lean Startup to Enterprise Scale Innovation
  • Organizational Transformation

    • Leading Organizational Change
    • Data-Driven Decision Making and Quantitative Intuition
    • Building Data as a Strategic Asset in Your Business
    • Surviving Disruption: Incumbent Responses to a Disruptive Challenger
    • The Value Proposition Roadmap: A Customer-Centric Tool for Rapid Change
    • Digital Transformation in the Enterprise
Note: The list of topics is not exhaustive and is subject to change.


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    David Rogers

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    David Rogers, a member of the faculty at Columbia Business School, is a globally‐recognized leader on digital business strategy, known for his pioneering work on customer networks and digital transformation. He is author of four books, including The Network Is Your Customer, and his best-selling book, The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age, published in seven languages.



Dates & Fees

Dates Length Location Tuition Fees
Nov 18 - 22, 2019 5 days New York City USD $36,000
Dec 2019 - Jan 2020 Online and Project Fieldwork
Feb 3 - 7, 2020 5 days Silicon valley
Feb 2020 - Apr 2020 Online and Project Fieldwork
Apr 20 - 24, 2020 5 days New York City
Deadline Application Fees
Round 1 July 8, 2019 USD $200
Round 2 August 12, 2019 USD $300
Round 3 September 16, 2019 USD $400
Round 4 October 14, 2019 USD $500