Digital Leadership

New Generation of Digital Leadership

Digital technologies, which include mobile devices, social media platforms, cloud, big data and analytics, are giving birth to disruptive, high-growth organisations. These companies are rewriting the rules in well-established industry sectors, which are creating a demand for new kinds of leaders who are comfortable with emerging technologies and business models. A recent survey done in May 2015 by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services further affirmed the demand. With the responses of 436 business leaders, many CEOs have realised the importance of strategic opportunities and threats of digital business. Yet, they felt there is a general lack of knowledge and skills of professionals/managers to build a vision for their companies or to develop a strategy to make that vision a reality. In the survey, only 19% of the companies felt that they are strong in both digital leadership and management. This programme addresses such a need, with global and local exposure to thrive in the Digital Age.

For Who

Executives or professionals who are key decision makers in business, computer scientists, engineers, hitech venture capital and angel investors. The programme is intended for both technical and non-technical professionals with at least 5 years of experience in managerial positions who wish to build strong digital leadership and advanced management capacity.


Unique Features

First-ever in Hong Kong
The first interdisciplinary Executive Master programme which nourishes innovation, leadership and computational thinking in Hong Kong.
Top Talents Converge
Combining expertise from PolyU’s faculties – COMP, SD, AF/MM and facilitated by IAEE’s professional team as well as PolyU’s extensive network of industry experts and outstanding overseas scholars.
Creation of a New Generation of Digital Leaders
Providing senior executives with a genuinely innovative professional development experience together with academic knowledge of digital technology in the Asian and global context.
Strong Personal Mentorship
Professors and industrial elites from PolyU’s extensive network will be part of a personal mentoring team to support the learning journey and enrich the development and completion of their capstone project.
Innovative Teaching and Learning
Using blended learning model, from classroom to cloud learning, cupplemented with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), to enjoy the new wave of learning and experiencing the “flipped classroom”.



  • Equipping participants with latest trends and knowledge about technology and how they can be transferred to their business models and strategies.
  • Empowering participants to be able to identify digital disruption in the global market and its associate opportunities.
  • Enabling participants to adopt “Computational Thinking” approach that combines technology, design and business methodologies to drive innovation in their practices, processes, products and services.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and understand technologies enabling digital disruptions in the marketplace and the associated threats, opportunities and risk management.
  • Make effective use of design thinking, methods and perspectives to generate innovative and meaningful solutions to issues which arise in the context of their organisations.
  • Identify and articulate the priorities for digital transformation for participants’ organisations.
  • Develop strategies for innovation and experimentation in response to the shifting nature of competitive advantage.