Algorithmic Business Thinking: Hacking Code to Create Value (self-paced online)


The gap between the skillsets needed yesterday and those needed tomorrow is being widened by the ways in which algorithms, data, and transformative technologies are reshaping work and how we do it. In this new online program, you’ll learn how to harness the momentum and key principles of algorithms and transformative technologies to help bridge some of these gaps in your organization and to more successfully manage and lead your teams in the digital economy.

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Algorithmic Business Thinking: Hacking Code to Create Value (self-paced online)
Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation
Location: Online
Tuition: $2,800
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 2

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When we think about building the organizations, institutions, and society of the future, we invariably look to technology to lend a hand. Indeed, our visions of tomorrow are shaped by innovations delivered by algorithms currently powering many aspects of our life and work. To successfully lead organizations in the digital economy, we must upgrade the way we think about, communicate around, and act upon technology in our companies. Today’s organizations need more translators who can convert computer science to business value and who can help their teams share a common language across all business functions, both technical and non-technical.

Algorithmic Business Thinking is designed to help you understand and apply key concepts that lie at the heart of transformative technologies to your corporate and people strategies. Over the course of the six weeks, faculty will pull back the “curtain” to show you how algorithms and the technologies on which they are based are built, how they work, and how you can use them across your business. While this program will introduce some basic coding principles, this program is less about how to code and more about illuminating the building blocks of algorithms, so that you can re-use those same building blocks to create new business value.

You will walk away from this program with a practical playbook to help you and your teams apply Algorithmic Business Thinking in your organization wherever and whenever it’s useful.

“This program is about providing you with insights, tools and frameworks to understand how your technical colleagues are thinking and speaking. Together, we’ll pull back the curtain on AI and other transformative technologies to show you how they’re built, how they work and how you can use them in your business. We’ll share our lessons learned - what do do, and what not to do, to make these technologies work for you and your teams.” - Paul McDonagh-Smith, Digital Capability Leader, MIT Sloan Executive Education

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6 weeks (excluding orientation)

Entirely online Self-paced learning

4-6 hours/week*

*The recommended weekly time commitment for core content is 4-6 hours. This commitment looks to take into account the busy lifestyles of working professionals. Each module is released weekly, permitting a flexible yet structured approach to online learning. You’ll be supported as you engage in individual activities and group discussions, ensuring you feel confident to submit your best work at each program deadline.

Algorithmic Business Thinking

In this webinar, Paul McDonagh-Smith discusses how algorithmic business thinking can foster exploration, experimentation, and evolution in your organization.