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Strategic Leadership in the Age of Digital Disruption - Professional Diploma

Course Details

Course Code: SDSLDDTPA

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 year

Award: Professional Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Nuala Ryan
Office: KB3-34, Department of Management and Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.
(061) 234757

Brief Description

The University of Limerick is pleased to announce the timely launch of the Professional Diploma in Strategic Leadership in the age of Digital Disruption (Level 9). Digital transformation is moving at an increasingly rapid pace and this along with the nature of new global threats requires business leaders to harness and build defensive and offensive strategic digital capabilities.

This exciting one-year diploma has been launched in line with research and feedback gathered at the Kemmy Business School on future workforce skills in line with advancing digital technologies. It has also been developed in response to government reports and policy documents such as Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitalization on Ireland's Workforce December 2018; The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Statement of Activity, 2017; Future Jobs Ireland 2019; Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation 2018.

This level 9 specialist diploma is designed for leaders at all levels of both private and public sector organisation who are responsible for leading technology-enable change initiatives.

The rise and increasing complexities of digital technologies has accelerated the pace of disruption in almost every industry, creating immense ambiguity and uncertainty in the broader business environment as to when, where and how business models can remain competitive. That said in addition to the many challenges, digital brings vast opportunities for organisations who embrace digital as a business competency and capability. As excitement and investment increases in these technologies, business requires leaders who are not only effective interpersonally, but who can also manage increasingly complex digital organisations. Leaders will need to foster a ‘digital-ready’ organisational culture necessitating leadership of continuous change.

To support these advances this diploma combines three critical and interrelated topics – leadership, change and digital technology. While leadership has always been about inspiring and influencing people, leaders must now be able to do this in a context where technology is becoming ever more central and changing increasingly fast. To be a successful digital leader today is therefore about leading people and organisations to leverage technology while considering the social, ethical and security aspects of leading in a digital environment.

Autumn Semester ECTS credits Spring Semester ECTS credits
The Challenge of Leadership 9 Change and Organisational Transformation 9
Digital Innovation and Transformation 6 Digital Environmental Audit 6

This Diploma will be delivered in blocks to suit the post-experience student developing their skills while continuing to work full-time. The programme delivery is focused on applied blended learning using a combination of in class lectures and digital learning technologies. Programme places are limited, and early registration is recommended.

Note: Based on the unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic it may be necessary to move the delivery of the first term modules to a fully online format. If we do move from classroom based, blended learning to a fully online delivery format the students will be notified immediately of any decisions taken and will be supported throughout this process

Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary degree (minimum 2.2 honours) from any discipline.  Recognition is given to the prior learning obtained by the applicant.  Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the motivation and ability to complete and benefit from this course.

6,000 Euros

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