Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Harness Disruption to Drive Growth

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April 11, 2024

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6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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US$2,600 US$2,392 and get US$260 off with a referral

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Are You Prepared To Harness Disruption?

With the frequency and duration of disruption on the rise, uncertainty has emerged as a dominant theme in the global economic landscape. Although uncertainty carries risk, it also creates opportunity—organizations with the right strategy in place can harness disruption for innovation, resiliency, and long-term growth. Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption Program from Kellogg Executive Education at Northwestern provides the unique opportunity for participants to develop in-depth knowledge of the disruptive forces at work in today’s volatile business environment and design strategies to protect their organizations and leverage disruption for success.

75%

CEOs who are concerned their organizations are not adapting quickly enough

Source: AlixPartners

98%

of CEOs say they need to overhaul their business model within the next three years

Source: Business Wire

Key Takeaways

In this 6-week program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Prepare your organization to adapt to change before disruption occurs.
  • Identify opportunities for growth within your organization.
  • Recognize potential threats to your industry and organization.
  • Create a community that fosters innovation, creativity, and productivity.
  • Develop uses for AI based on its impact on business and the economy.
  • Understand the consequences of climate change for business profitability and brand equity.

Who Should Join This Program?

Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption Program from Kellogg Executive Education at Northwestern University will help senior leaders, functional managers, entrepreneurs, and consultants in any industry learn to help navigate their organizations and clients through uncertain times with creativity, flexibility, and innovation.

This program will be particularly valuable for those who are looking to develop a strategic framework for assessing organizational risk, prepare a strategy to harness business threats and opportunities, and leverage innovation for growth.

Program Experience

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Live webinars with faculty

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Self-paced video lectures

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Playbook activities

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Recorded guest speaker sessions

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Assignments with personalized feedback from program leaders

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Real-world case studies and industry examples

Interactive learning and immersive discussions

Program Curriculum

Over the course of six weeks, this program will guide you in creating an actionable business strategy you can use to lead your organization through any type of disruption, known or unknown. Each week builds on the previous one, giving you the opportunity to create a comprehensive plan to foster resiliency and growth in an unpredictable business environment.

Module 1:

Disruption in the Workforce

Understand how globalization has changed the world’s economy and identify potential workforce disruptions so you can develop a plan to protect your organization.

Module 2:

The Polarization of Consumer Demand

Explore consumer behavior and discover how insights can be used to design a strategy that helps your organization thwart disruption. Then, dive into the segmentation of value versus luxury, emerging markets, and new pathways to growth.

Module 3:

The Second Wave of Globalization: Digital Platforms and Direct to Consumer

Survey the second wave of globalization and the effects and growth opportunities of digitization and disintermediation.

Module 4:

Remote Work — Opportunities and Impacts

Examine the potential for remote work to impact productivity, creativity, innovation, and management.

Module 5:

Artificial Intelligence Disruptions

AI can be a useful tool, but it can also be a source of disruption. Learn the history of AI, its traditional applications, and how, with supervision, it can be leveraged to solve business problems.

Module 6:

Climate Change

The effects of climate change are far-reaching. Learn about the scope of the climate crisis, and its potential impact on industry and the global economy.

Module 1:

Disruption in the Workforce

Understand how globalization has changed the world’s economy and identify potential workforce disruptions so you can develop a plan to protect your organization.

Module 4:

Remote Work — Opportunities and Impacts

Examine the potential for remote work to impact productivity, creativity, innovation, and management.

Module 2:

The Polarization of Consumer Demand

Explore consumer behavior and discover how insights can be used to design a strategy that helps your organization thwart disruption. Then, dive into the segmentation of value versus luxury, emerging markets, and new pathways to growth.

Module 5:

Artificial Intelligence Disruptions

AI can be a useful tool, but it can also be a source of disruption. Learn the history of AI, its traditional applications, and how, with supervision, it can be leveraged to solve business problems.

Module 3:

The Second Wave of Globalization: Digital Platforms and Direct to Consumer

Survey the second wave of globalization and the effects and growth opportunities of digitization and disintermediation.

Module 6:

Climate Change

The effects of climate change are far-reaching. Learn about the scope of the climate crisis, and its potential impact on industry and the global economy.

Industry Examples

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Costco

Integrating high-end items into value-based product lines to navigate change.

The Body Shop

Managing the paradox of choice during a disruption.

Maxwell House

Leveraging AI to eliminate the bitter taste in its brew.

McDonald’s

Incorporating luxury into a fast-food value brand.

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Microsoft

Evaluating the positives and negatives of remote work.

Real-World Situations

There is no better way to learn than to apply your knowledge and skills. This program offers a number of opportunities to reinforce core concepts by simulating real-world situations.

Navigating value versus luxury: Evaluate your organization's position between value and luxury, and determine whether moving in a new direction would be beneficial.

Innovative hiring: Identify opportunities to hire workers displaced from other industries.

The paradox of choice: Should your organization slim down and focus on what it is good at, or should it expand into new opportunities?

New ways of working: Compare the pros and cons of remote work.

Leveraging AI: Identify uses for AI in your organization.

Recent Participant Highlights

“The content strategically explained the topic and tactically provided data and insight to drive it to the point of action. EXCELLENT!”
— Nick Birk, Senior Director, Global Product Line Management—Industrial Cable Solutions, Belden Inc.

“I really appreciated the tools provided—simple but effective. I also appreciated the practical framework for execution that was presented in each module.”
— Sara Canullo, Digital Learning Advisor

Program Faculty

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SERGIO REBELO

MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance

Professor Rebelo’s research focuses on macroeconomics and international finance, including topics such as the causes of business cycles, the impacts of economic policy on economic growth, and the sources of exchange rate fluctuations. Organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the Sloan Foundation, and the Olin Foundation have funded his research... More info

Guest Contributors

No industry is immune from the effects of disruption. Benefit from the knowledge of three thought leaders, all hailing from different industries, and their unique experience navigating disruption. Whether you are a CXO, senior or functional leader, entrepreneur, or consultant, you will come away with pivotal insights you can immediately put into practice.
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GIOVANNI PASTERIS

Senior Software Engineer, Uber ATG

Giovanni Pasteris leads technical design and architecture on a large team within the Simulation Group at Uber ATG. Using the Unreal Engine, he focuses on building core simulation technologies to test Uber’s autonomous vehicle in a virtual environment. Prior to joining Uber, he held roles at Irrational Games, Activision, and Disney Interactive Studios, among other organizations.

Certificate

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. This program is graded as pass or fail; participants must receive 80% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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Note: This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at the ID mentioned above.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.


    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please email us if you need further clarification on program activities.


    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please email us if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email us your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enrolling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please connect with us via email for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrollment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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