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Digital Innovation Strategy Study Tour

Achieve Innovation through Digital

This is a three-day elective module of the Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership program, which can also be taken as a stand-alone program. The Graduate Diploma in Digital Strategy and Leadership is a comprehensive executive-level program on digital strategy, technologies, and how to develop new ways to create value through digital and data.

Innovation can make or break an organization. In our rapidly evolving digital world, innovation is critical to maintaining the edge needed – not just for an organization’s survival but for its success. To thrive in this environment, organizations need to use new technology and methods to continually innovate, rethink and redesign processes, and deliver better customer experiences. Ideas are abundant, but you need to know the right skills to guide them into the market.

This 3-day Digital Innovation Strategy Study Tour consists of two lecture days on the Stanford campus, delivered by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), and a discovery visit day, organized by Aalto University Executive Education and Professional Development (Aalto EE). 

You will join Stanford’s open enrollment 2-day study program Innovation Strategy in a Digital World, taught by Stanford faculty. As a part of an international study group, you will have a chance to learn and share experiences on innovation and digitalization with your peers from across the world.

The 2-day deep-dive in-class session is followed by a discovery visit day in the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem, organized by Aalto University Executive Education. 

During the 2-day in-person program by SCPD, you will discover some of the practices that have helped Silicon Valley firms emerge as leading innovators. You will also explore hands-on how innovation and digital transformation provide the opportunity for core business functions to fundamentally change the way work is done so that the organization can grow and remain competitive over time. You will learn proven tools and techniques that can be applied across business units to make your company’s transformation complete, sustainable, and effective.

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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Unique opportunity to join a 2-day deep-dive program delivered by SCPD and Stanford faculty at Stanford campus.

Learn and share experiences on innovation and digitalization with your peers from across the world in an international study group. 

Get inspired by real-life company cases and field visits in the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem.


During the program, you will explore how innovation and digital transformation provide the opportunity for core business functions to support growth and competitiveness. You will gain proven tools and techniques that can be applied across business units to make your company’s transformation complete, sustainable, and effective.

Learn to apply strategies for continuously filling your "Innovation Funnel" with great ideas and solutions.
Learn to build a company culture that sets the stage for digital transformation.
Learn why many companies resist change, and what you can do to overcome that resistance.


The program is designed for business leaders, senior executives, and decision-makers responsible for leveraging the possibilities created by digitalization within their companies. We recommend the program for core strategy team members, business development managers, and digital transformation leaders.

This program is ideal for individuals seeking to leverage innovation to instigate change within their organization. Whether you bring multiple people from the same department or engage those across the organization, together you will learn the tools to foster innovation company wide, adapt to and integrate changing technology and processes, and effectively identify and support transformational opportunities.

Contents and Schedule

The program covers the following themes:

Innovation Strategy

  • Achieving Innovation through Inspiration 
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Driving an Innovation Strategy Using a VC Mindset

Embracing Digital Transformation

  • Foundations for Digital Transformation
  • The Industrialist’s Dilemma: How to Adapt to a Changing Landscape
  • Building an AI-Enabled Organization
  • Industry Panel: Silicon Valley Companies Use of New Digital Tools and Technologies

Discovery Visit Day

  • Company visits: corporates, incubators, innovation labs
  • Industry speakers

The program includes interactive face-to-face lecture sessions, industry panel, real-life cases, and company visits. A digital learning environment will be used to support the learning experience.

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Download the sample agenda of the Innovation Strategy in a Digital World program by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD).

Sample Agenda: Innovation Strategy in a Digital World


Download the sample agenda of the Innovation Strategy in a Digital World program by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD).

Program Structure

2-day study program, delivered by Stanford faculty in collaboration with SCPD

Intensive face-to-face sessions in an international study group with Stanford faculty and peers

Discovery visit day, organized by Aalto EE

Company visits in the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem



Perry Klebahn

Perry Klebahn is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Executive Education at the Stanford d.school.

When it comes to startups, corporations and executive leadership, Klebahn’s seen just about everything. He's a seasoned entrepreneur, product designer, chief executive and co-founding member of the d.school faculty with over 20 years of experience. He also loves math, motorcycles and making things. Klebahn brought two out of three of those interests to bear when he created a new category of sportswear by way of a high-performance shoe — a snowshoe — for his product design master’s thesis. He went on to found the Atlas Snowshoe Company, which remains the leader in snowshoe design and technology. Klebahn sold Atlas and became the head of Sales and Marketing for the clothing brand, Patagonia in 2000. He then went on to be named the CEO of the iconic bag company, Timbuk2 in 2007. Both opportunities gave him extensive experience in brand turn-around, design and innovation.

He holds a B.A. in Physics from Wesleyan University (1988) and a Master’s degree in Product Design from Stanford University (1991).

Jeremy Utley

Jeremy Utley is the Director of Executive Education at Stanford d.school.

In this role, he advises professionals and organizations on how to imbed the tools of design thinking and cultivate an innovative organizational culture. He also teaches the celebrated d.leadership and LaunchPad classes, advanced d.school courses focused on creating real-world impact with the tools of design.

Jeremy Utley is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin’s Red McComb’s School of Business (2005) and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2009).

Pamela Hinds

Pamela Hinds works as a Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.

Professor Hinds studies the effect of technology on teams. Hinds has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of geographically distributed work teams, particularly those spanning national boundaries. She explores issues of culture, language, identity, conflict, and the role of site visits in promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He has led primary research and written cases on Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Lending Club, Tableau, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.

He is also a General Partner at XSeed Capital and a Venture Partner at Piva. He sits on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics and Avochato. He led investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers - NPN), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group - RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - PANW), Nova Credit, Disco, The League, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). He also supports other companies, such as Citrine Informatics.

Siegel is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, is a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computer-technik AG in Vienna, Austria. He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for HERE Technologies and Tulco. He is the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. Siegel has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Forbes.

Siegel was previously General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. He was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Siegel was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.

Pedram Mokrian

Pedram Mokrian focuses on big data, cloud/SaaS, and energy tech investments. His core expertise lies in the intersection of the energy, technology, and services domains.

He has served as a board observer on CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy). He was formerly a principal at Mayfield and has spent time on the commodities trading desk at Credit Suisse and held positions at Ford Motor Company, JDS Uniphase, and Nortel Networks, broadly covering the areas of power generation, fiber optics, and hardware development.

Mokrian is actively involved with and recognized for his domain expertise within the energy community. He has served on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy, the membership committee for the US Association for Energy Economics, and is a Charter member of C100, where he co-leads the Cleantech practice. In addition, he is an active contributor to the Energy Policy Task Force at the Hoover Institute.

Mokrian holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University with a focus on Energy Finance and Economics, and during his tenure, was involved with the founding of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency.

Riitta Katila

Riitta Katila is Professor of Management Science & Engineering and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar at Stanford University, and a faculty member of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Professor Katila is an expert in technology strategy, innovation, and learning development in firms with a focus on achieving short- and long-term organic growth. She has conducted extensive work on alliances, acquisitions and corporate venture capital. Professor Katila’s alma mater Aalto University honored her as the Alumnus of the Year in 2016.

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