e-Leaders are people capable of driving successful digital transformation and innovation, and capitalizing on advances in information and communication technologies. Sufficient supply of e-leadership skills to the economy is believed to foster economic growth and create jobs through its key role in identifying and exploiting innovation opportunities.
e-Leadership skills include the competences which enable an individual to initiate and guide ICT-related innovation at all levels of enterprise, from the start-up to the largest of corporations, from private to public. e-Leaders are both business and digitally savvy, and exhibit a capability to lead strategically. They might be ICT leaders who are also business-savvy or business leaders who are digitally-savvy.
e-Leadership involves leading and managing e-skilled professionals as well as other professionals through disruptive shifts that go far beyond manufacturing and economic implications of Industry 4.0 and refer to a systemic corporate, social and institutional transformation that we call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The digital age has created the need for a new paradigm in business skills formation and for learning that of learning to learn. In order to integrate management and technology, learning to learn also implies learning to unlearn past managerial theories and practices that are no longer appropriate and may even be destructive to organizations. Many of these practices, evolving from business principles created in the eighties and earlier, are still the subject of most management schools and traditional MBA programs.
e-Leaders drive the successful digital transformation and innovation, capitalizing on advanced information and communication technologies. Their e-leadership skills are important because they encourage economic growth and create new jobs through the full use of new and innovative technologies.
e-Leadership skills include the competences which enable an individual to initiate and guide digital-related innovation at all levels of enterprise, from the start-up to the largest of corporations, from private to public. e-Leaders are both business and digitally savvy, and exhibit the capacity to lead strategically.
In order to integrate management and new technologies we surely need new business skills and competencies.
One of the major challenges the EU countries face today is the academia-industry gap regarding e-Leadership skills. Through the eSkills for Jobs initiative, the EU has proposed the education modeled to help students acquire both broad and general e-skills and in-depth knowledge of a specific areas. The result is summarized in T-shaped Portfolio of Skills, where the horizontal line (the “top” of the “T”) represents general skills, while the vertical line (the “leg” of the “T”) represents in-depth knowledge.
T-shaped Portfolio of e-Leadership Skills
Starting from Warren Bennis’s idea that Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality, the T-shaped Portfolio of e-Leadership Skills puts a strong focus on understanding the overall business context in today’s digital economy in order to recognize new business opportunities. Topics such as; Critical Thinking & Creativity, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and New Products Management comprise the most obvious part of this paradigm, while its other elements, although not as visible, are intertwined within other courses and business cases.
Why e-Leadership MBA?
In a technology dominated world, the lack of functional and hands-on e-Leadership, digital transformation, design thinking and lean business education is striking.
We are proud to affirm that Algebra University College (AUC) is among the first educational institutions in Europe to have developed and successfully accredited an e-Leadership MBA program.
The two-year formal higher education program worth 120 ECTS is rooted in the experience of the best traditional MBA programs, but enriched and supplemented by:
- Full implementation of the proposed e-Leadership Initiative requirements and promoting e-Leadership set of competences,
- Full implementation of AMBA content criteria for the MBA program accreditation,
- The AUC e-Leadership MBA Program consists of 18 teaching modules, a Start-up Business Project team assignment and individual Master’s Thesis.
In brief, the Program includes all of the core modules available in most top-quality traditional MBA programs, but also and a number of modules related to new technologies, social media, business intelligence, design thinking and leadership, following key e-Leadership recommendations.
Forecasting needs for information
Understanding customer needs
Digital Savvy: Cultures, internationalization