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Today’s Technology Leaders – Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

UCI’s Center for Digital Transformation and Office of Executive Education in partnership with Trace3 bring together the brightest minds from academia, IT and business to educate tomorrow’s technology savvy business leaders.

"Companies are undergoing extensive digital transformations and technology has become the foundation for new business models, with implications for business, employment, privacy, and more. In the midst of that shift, digital business skills are of paramount importance. Recent moves underscore the notion that today’s leading technology chiefs have a shot at being tomorrow’s chief executives.” (The Wall Street Journal, June 2017)

To succeed, today’s IT leaders must also become business leaders. This two-and-a-half day program builds a foundation of business knowledge and the professional network required to drive competitive advantages for your organization. It complements and builds on a year-long series of quarterly learning events, resources, and UCI’s Road to Reinvention conference.

Program Content

Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative

Leaders are managing in a world of constant change and must be well versed in the emerging technology landscape. Whether it is reinventing your business model, securing your assets, protecting your incumbent status (going on the offensive), acquiring the right talent or deriving business value from AI and machine learning, leaders need to understand how technology is disrupting business models and creating competitive advantages.

Business Strategy

The business strategy module is designed to broaden your perspective and develop strategic thinking capabilities to make your organization more competitive. The approach of the module is practical and problem-oriented and distills and applies the latest strategic insights and approaches to assessing competition in an industry and evaluating competitive strategy. By understanding the forces driving competition in the industry, a strategic perspective can be gained on what drives competitive behavior and the basis for value creation.

Innovation

Technology is disrupting age-old business models and is breaking down barriers to entry. Innovation is a necessity to compete in today’s business landscape. Venture Capital is creating billion-dollar companies at a historic rate. How, why and where they invest is more important to existing companies than ever before. Avoiding disruption and leveraging innovations before your competitors, gives your company the competitive advantage necessary to compete and win. In this module, corporate engagement and use of open vs. closed innovation sources is discussed. Frameworks go from idea to evaluation, to development, to launch and to growth, and are matched to case studies. The CIO or technology executive will evolve from an enabler of change to a driver of growth.

Think Like a CFO

Revenue and profit is the lifeblood of a company. Where revenue comes from and how is it turned into profit can vary widely from company to company and is critical to decision-making. Understanding a P&L statement leads to strategic decision-making success. Combining your company’s business model and performance is imperative to being an effective leader in the organization. This module focuses on gaining familiarity with financial statements and metrics, understanding how they are used to measure performance, diagnose problems, and identify opportunities; determining how to set priorities among competing capital projects; learning to make intelligent investment decisions; and improving your ability to communicate ideas persuasively to finance professionals.

Power, Influence, and Communication

This module explores how leaders use power, influence, and communication to achieve organizational commitment and effectiveness. Concepts include: identifying the social principles that underlie cooperation and compliance and illustrating how to implement persuasion tactics to maximize the impact of your messages will be discussed.

Program Structure

Interactive learning lessons are designed and delivered by renowned professors from the top-ranked UCI Paul Merage School of Business and thought leaders, venture capitalists, and executives from the largest companies in the world. Participants are provided hands-on exercises, work in groups to promote collaboration and networking, and receive practical tools and frameworks that can be applied immediately.

Who should attend

This program caters specifically to technology executives who want to enhance their business and management skillset and be better prepared to lead their organizations through the evolving landscape.

Program includes course materials, parking permits, welcome dinner, breakfast, lunch, valuable networking opportunities, and certificate of completion from UCI's Paul Merage School of Business.

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Christopher Bauman

Chris Bauman's research addresses how people make sense of and respond to their social environment, including the individuals, groups, and organizations with whom they interact. One line of his research focuses on how individuals determine issues of ethics and fairness. This work includes studies...

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Vijay Gurbaxani

Vijay Gurbaxani is the Taco Bell Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science and Director of the Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. His research, teaching and consulting interests are at the nexus of business strategy and information techn...

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Christopher Schwarz

Professor Schwarz has been at the Paul Merage School of Business since July 2008. Prior to arriving at UCI, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During his doctoral studies, he was also a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s International Center of Finance ...

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Margarethe Wiersema

Margarethe F. Wiersema holds the Dean’s Professorship in Strategic Management at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. She has an MBA and PhD from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in researc...

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Lawrence Wilk

Larry retired in 2013, after 26 years at The Walt Disney Company. His latest role was 8 years as VP of Worldwide Operations for Home Entertainment and VP of Operations & Strategy for Studio Operations. In these dual roles, he led global supply chain & project planning. He worked with tea...

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Philip Potloff

Philip joined AWS as Enterprise Strategist in July 2017. In this role Philip works with enterprise technology executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers. Prior to joining AWS, ...

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Julie Sokol

Julie Sokol is SVP of Information & Marketing Technology at Irvine Company. In her role, she is responsible for the overall performance and delivery of technology across the company. This includes leading and managing the Company’s technology operations, infrastructure, security, project port...

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