Potsdam/Palo Alto. In September the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) will begin their first joint intensive program for managers from industry and small and medium-sized businesses. Entitled “Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation,” the latest knowledge in information technology, business and Design Thinking will be conveyed at the Palo Alto and Potsdam locations, as well as online. Successful participants in the compact course—consisting of six modules over a three month period—will receive a joint certificate from the two prestigious institutions. Registration is now open at www.hpi.de/digital-transformation.
“In this world-wide unique program, we offer executives a special mix of academic content and practical experience that involves all aspects of digital transformation and innovation,” said HPI Director Prof. Christoph Meinel. The new offer is directed primarily at managers of: innovation, strategy, information technology human resources, project development, and also entrepreneurs from all sectors of the economy. With management and innovation know-how combined with technology knowledge, they will be in a position to successfully launch and maintain digital innovation initiatives.
The Stanford University in Silicon Valley and the Potsdam Institute, which has been active since 1999, have been closely linked for ten years thanks to the engagement of founder Prof. Hasso Plattner. In the summer of 2005, the HPI benefactor donated 35 million US dollars to Stanford University for the establishment of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at the School of Engineering. Since then the Potsdam software institute, with its HPI School of Design Thinking (active since the winter semester of 2007/2008), has been working together intensively with its sister institute in Stanford. Together both institutes are involved in the teaching and research of user-friendly innovations.