Kellogg Digital Transformation Program

Leading In The Digital Age

Kellogg's Senior Management Program will help you re-examine and refine your thinking about what it means to be a growth-minded leader. You will ask yourself powerful questions and gain an expanded perspective essential for success at the top. You will leave equipped to thrive in today's fast-paced, interconnected economy with the tools, insights and frameworks you need to ignite growth and propel your organization forward.

Kellogg's Senior Management Program promises an unparalleled educational experience marked by immersive, rigorous academics, engaging real-time case studies and stimulationg interaction with fellow executives and Kellogg's world-class faculty.

Personal Consultation

Prospective participants with questions about the program are encouraged to contact our program partner, Eruditus Executive Education, for further information.

Who Should Attend

Participants might come from large or medium sized firms in emerging economies, with a focus on transformation and corporate innovation within existing industries. The Senior Management Program will help talented leaders prepare to take on larger transformation roles. All the key elements of the SMP experience – the faculty, the content, peer interactions and application exercises etc. are designed specifically for participants with:

  • A minimum of 10+ years of work experience
  • International exposure is preferred
  • Confident fluency in written and spoken English

Key Benefits

  • Develop skills to transition to a CXO role and lead transformation in your organization
  • Deepen your understanding of customer and market insights to lead your organization to growth
  • Enhance skills to innovate new business models and implement change in your organization
  • Lead your organization in implementing disruptive business models in the digital age
  • Apply your learning at your workplace through project work, guided by expert Kellogg Faculty
  • Learn from world-class Kellogg Faculty who are thought leaders in their fields
  • Become eligible for Kellogg School of Management Executive Education alumni benefits and membership in the global Kellogg alumni network

Program Framework

Kellogg’s Digital Transformation Program is your deep dive into rethinking leadership in the digital business economy. Business leaders require focused digital business strategies to ensure their customer service, organizational support and marketing campaigns thrive in the digital age. The program familiarizes participants with the latest in strategy & innovation, emerging technologies, business analytics, artificial intelligence, online customer engagement and customer-centricity. Participants will be equipped to make informed decisions and forge innovative strategies that lead to increased revenue, productivity and customer engagement.

The program offers its participants the opportunity to learn from the best. Classes are taught by Kellogg’s world-class faculty, while your peers come from diverse backgrounds and leading global businesses. Participants benefit from Kellogg’s elite alumni network, unique case studies and important insights culled from world-class research and practical experience.


Value Creation

  • Digital business models and strategies
  • Marketing in a digital world
  • Customer insights
  • Customer journey in a digital world
  • Data analytics
  • Finance and value creation
  • Strategic alliances and M&A
  • Design thinking
  • Digital operations

Technology & Impact

  • Artificial Intelligence and business applications
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Synthetic biology technologies and business models
  • Quantum computing and future platforms
  • Technology strategies
  • Big Data & Implications

Leading Transformation

  • Competitive strategy
  • Value-based leadership
  • Innovation in large organization
  • Leading contagious change
  • Organizational agility
  • Negotiation skills
  • Future of work
  • Leading high performance teams
  • Fewer Bigger Bolder; growth strategies
  • Networks and influence

Action Learning Projects:

Action learning — learning by doing — has been a hallmark for years at the Kellogg School of Management. Kellogg participants take their textbook-and-lecture insights to the next level by applying them in a variety of real-world settings. In essence, they knock down the “fourth wall” of the classroom to come face-to-face with actual business challenges confronting their industry and business.

As a participant, when you employ a framework, you develop greater facility with that tool, thus acquiring a deeper level of knowledge. The frameworks that need to be applied are of real value. The action learning opportunities let you flesh out how those frameworks can apply in the specific situations that matter most to you.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

An admissions committee thoroughly reviews each application and considers the nature and scope of the applicant’s responsibilities. For the benefit of peers, sponsoring organizations and the integrity of the program, the committee seeks to admit individuals with comparable management responsibilities but with diverse skills and experience. It is expected that program participants will immerse themselves completely in the experience and be free of all other duties.


Strong English language speaking, reading and writing skills are imperative to completely immerse in the Kellogg Enterprise Leadership Program experience, to complete reading assignments and to actively engage in group discussions and activities. Because the program is rigorous and includes emphasis on building a strong business network, the faculty will expect participants to contribute fully to classroom and study group discussions. The Test for English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not required.


The Kellogg School of Management awards a certificate upon the successful completion of the Digital Transformation Program. Along with the certificate, participants also receive select benefits as Executive Education alumni of the Kellogg School of Management.

Program Fee

The program fee covers class materials and most meals. Travel expenses (including airfare) and accommodation are the participant’s responsibility. Enrollment is not confirmed until full payment is received. Payment may accompany the application, or an invoice may be requested.

Enrollment in Kellogg programs is highly competitive, and seats will not be guaranteed until your payment is received.

It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The University is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.


Gregory Carpenter - James Farley/Booz Allen Hamilton Professor of Marketing Strategy; Director of the Center for Market Leadership; Faculty Director, Kellogg Markets & Customers Initiative

Steven Franconeri - Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Director, Northwestern Cognitive Science Program; Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)

Craig Garthwaite - Associate Professor of Strategy

Kent Grayson - Associate Professor of Marketing; Bernice and Leonard Lavin Professorship

Sanjay Khosla - Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Marketing

Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Thomas O'Toole - Clinical Professor of Marketing; Executive Director, Program for Data Analytics at Kellogg

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Sergio Rebelo - MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance; Professor of Finance

Mohanbir Sawhney - McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation

Robert Schieffer - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

David Schonthal - Clinical & Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Portfolio Director, Business Design – IDEO; Co-Founder and Board Member - MATTER

Joel K. Shapiro - Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director for the Program on Data Analytics at Kellogg

Edward (Ned) Smith - Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University; Faculty Affiliate, Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO)

Leigh Thompson - J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations Professor of Management & Organizations

Robert Wolcott - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network

Edward Zajac - James F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations

Upcoming Sessions

March 23 - Oct. 2, 2020

Start: March 23 at 8:30 AM

End: October 2 at 6:00 PM

Module 1: Evanston campus
Module 2: Online
Module 3: Evanston campus
Module 4: Online
Module 5: Evanston campus



Nov. 18, 2019
Dec. 16, 2019
Jan. 17, 2020
Feb. 10, 2020

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