harvard club of australia's 20th annual PROGRAM for leaders

Digital innovation & leading transformation

presented by harvard business school professors karim Lakhani and tsedal neeley

Sunday 23 - Friday 28 july 2017

Aitken Hill Conference Centre (15 mins from Melbourne Airport)

Please scroll down for further information or email programs@harvardclub.org.au or contact: Melinda Muth, Program Director 0419 277 376 or Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, 0424 243 369.



Now in its 20th year, the Harvard Club Australia Program for Leaders is an annual five-day residential executive education program for senior management, presented by Harvard Business School Professors using the famous HBS case study method.

Step back from your day-to-day responsibilities and reassess your situation with world-class faculty in a diverse network of accomplished executive peers. Immerse yourself in this proven learning experience, and develop a broader perspective on the challenges facing your organization and your leadership capabilities.

The program is designed to suit a range of executive positions, including:

  • Company Directors
  • Director Generals
  • CEOs
  • Executive Managers
  • General Managers
  • Senior Managers

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program for Leaders 2017

Digital Innovation and leading Transformation

Program Overview

To compete in today’s turbulent and demanding global business environment, organizations must continually revitalize and transform themselves. As a consequence, the demand for effective global leadership at all levels and stages of an organization is escalating. This program will provide participants with fundamental frameworks that help leaders in the continual task of aligning the key elements of a dynamic organization in the digital age – strategy, critical tasks, formal organization, people, and the pivotal role of organizational culture in driving performance.


The goals of this program are to help participants understand the dynamics of value creation and capture of digital innovation. Emphasis will be on the rigour of analysis and creation of realistic assessments in forecasting opportunities and threats posed by digital innovation and transformation.


After the program, participants will have a thorough understanding of:

  • The economic and technological factors that are at the heart of the digital revolution taking place in the economy;
  • The clash between existing business models and new digitally enhanced and led business models emphasizing platforms and ecosystems;
  • The competitive interactions among firms with different digital business models;
  • How to best organise and lead product and service innovation initiatives in the digital space.

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Karim R. Lakhani

Karim R. Lakhani is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.

He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries.

Professor Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes.

He has partnered with NASA, TopCoder and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage.

Tsedal Neeley

Tsedal Neeley is Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. She has taught in both the MBA (LEAD and Leading Teams in a Global Economy) and in various executive education programs such as Global Strategic Management.

She currently teaches in the Executive Education offering “Program for Leadership Development.” Professor Neeley has received the HBS Charles M. Williams award for outstanding teaching in Executive Education.

Professor Neeley's research focuses on the challenges that global collaborators face when attempting to coordinate work across national and linguistic boundaries, with special emphasis in the impact of language, power, status, and emotions on social dynamics.

Before her academic career, Professor Neeley spent ten years in industry working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation.

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Our fully residential program includes:

  • An action-packed program of case study discussions and lectures with leadership experts and senior executive guest speakers
  • Program instruction materials – all available prior to the course
  • Networking opportunities with other attendees
  • All meals (prepared on-site by Aitken Hill Conference Centre's chef)
  • Five nights’ accommodation and use of leisure facilities
  • Complimentary on-site parking at Aitken Hill Conference Centre

Fee: $10,750 plus GST per person. Discounts available for EarlyBird bookings prior to 1 April; teams of 4+. $2750 deposit required at registration.


This was the most valuable week of education I’ve ever had. I highly recommend the investment of time for senior leaders. The Harvard teaching style is easy to follow and aids learning through the mix of case studies and lectures coupled with reinforcement of fundamentals and content.
— Narelle Turner, Executive General Manager, Broadspectrum
The program for leaders was fantastic. There was a great selection of peers from various industries. The Case study method was very effective and the subjects and learnings flowed and built logically.
— Brad Phillips, National Sales Manager – Commercial, Caltex
This has been a very high value course and I have enjoyed it immensely. The approach taken by the presenters was professional, engaging and entertaining. It is clear to me why Harvard Business School is the world leader. Thank you.
— Martin Nussio, Group Captain, Department of Defence
What an amazing experience. Immersed in the Harvard case study methodology for a week with a highly motivated cohort was a real highlight for me this year. I came away feel reenergised and ready to tackle some of the business challenges we are facing with new tools and frameworks. The Harvard Club of Australia course provided a unique opportunity to sample Harvard quality education and I would highly recommend it.
— Deborah Coakley, Executive General Manager, People and Asset Solutions, DEXUS Property Group


Our program has been recognised as the leading one of its kind in Australia. Over the years we’re thrilled to have seen representation from some of Australia’s most respected companies and organisations, including:


A unique opportunity today, could see you Achieve the next level of executive success tomorrow.

For more information on our Program for Leaders, please complete your details below and a program manager will send you a Brochure and call you back.

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