Take the Lead

Vlerick Business School Executive Education

Vlerick Business School Executive Education


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Who should attend

  • aspires to drive his or her organization’s digital transformation;
  • wants to serve as an ambassador for digital-savvy change;
  • aims at co-creating transformation with other people, in a holistic and inclusive way;
  • believes in helping other people develop and perform as highly as possible.

A minimum of 3 years business experience is recommended.

About the course

Organizational agility is necessary in a context of digital transformation. It’s only when an organization is agile and can respond faster and better than its rivals to the digital opportunities and challenges, that its long time success is guaranteed.

How can you take up a leadership role in this challenge? Leading digital transformation is a matter of action, rather than position or personality.

Take the Lead, the learning programme of De Tijd/L’Echo and Vlerick Business School, will put you on the fast-track to becoming a digital leader. In 12 weeks you will learn how to guide your organization through a successful digital transformation and enhance the organizational agility of your company. You will be challenged and inspired during interactive online courses and impactful live events.


Take the Lead will explain how you can implement successful digital transformations through good leadership. Making a digital transformation successful requires four types leadership: vigilant, voyager, visionary, and vested. The programme explains which key responsibilities you can take up for each leadership style.

After successfully completing this learning journey, you will be able to effectively address the challenge of digital transformation in a professional context and:

  • Articulate and frame the digital transformation challenge of creating organizational agility
  • Categorize and evaluate key leadership responsibilities in creating organizational agility required to succeed in the digital age
  • Introduce and evaluate a number of practices for creating digital-age organizational agility
  • Stimulate and support others to contribute to the organisation’s digital transformation


The programme consists of six modules and spans a period of 12 weeks. The learning journey comprises online learning complemented with 3 face-to-face events with all fellow learners: one kick-off at the start, a hackathon halfway and a graduation event at the end.

The course is designed to allow for self-paced learning during each module. However, the course imposes strict timings on module start and end dates to allow you to benefit maximally from peer feedback and group learning as you progress through the course.

Each module is split up into learning units. A learning unit consists of a material piece of content, introducing one or more concepts, theories, methods, practices, or examples, with immediate application. To optimize your learning experience, it is recommended that you follow the order in which the units and their components are presented.

The learning activities for each module are aimed at achieving a particular set of learning outcomes. Together, the learning outcomes of all the course modules allow you to achieve the learning outcomes for the program.


In each of the core digital leadership modules, you will be challenged to reflect on how technology could help to stimulate one of the digital leadership types in your own organisation. For each digital leadership type, you will be able to select one (or more) relevant technologies, on which additional online content has been carefully selected by the designers of this programme.

After the 4 core modules, you will have covered several important technology-related topics (including cloud, artificial intelligence, IoT, augmented reality, blockchain, …). This online content will allow you to achieve a good understanding of the selected technology and will enable you to estimate the possible impact of the technology on your organization.


Robert Boute

Improving your Operations and Supply Chain Management to achieve superior bottom-line performance. Robert Boute is Professor Operations Management at Vlerick Business School. He teaches operations and supply chain management in the degree programs at Vlerick (both full time and executive MBA). F...

Stijn Viaene

Stijn is a passionate Faculty Member with his mind set on teaming up business and IT for value creation.Stijn is passionate about what it means to successfully create a digital enterprise, capturing the value that comes with the use of novel technological advances such as big data, analytics, soc...

Bjorn Cumps

Bjorn Cumps is Professor of Management Practice at Vlerick Business School. He obtained his master degree in Commercial Engineering at KU Leuven in 2003. In 2007 he became Doctor in Applied Economic Sciences at KU Leuven after successfully defending his thesis on Business-ICT Alignment Practices ...

Ralf Wetzel

Ralf captures the intelligence of organised systems and helps you to turn the hidden energy in your organisation into business valueModern organisations are tricky. They can be stubborn, resisting, escaping, selfish and relentlessly arrogant. Even worse, they know plenty of intelligent ways to tr...

Walter Van Dyck

Walter studies idea emergence, showing how inventions come about and transform into innovative business models in life science- and technology-based ecosystems.Walter studies idea emergence or how inventions come about and transform into innovations. During the last five years he coached the emer...

Carine Peeters

Professor Carine Peeters is Full Professor at Vlerick Business School. Before joining the School she worked as a faculty member at Université libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management where she also obtained her Phd in 2004. From 2004 to 2006 Professor Peeters spent t...

Miguel Meuleman

Summary Professor Miguel Meuleman joined Imperial College Business School as Assistent Professor in Entrepreneurship in October 2012. He also holds a position at Vlerick Business School in Belgium. His research focuses on management buyouts and buy-ins, new venture creation and entrepreneurial fi...

Joachim Van den Bergh

Joachim Van den Bergh holds a master degree in Commercial Engineering option Strategic Management (University of Antwerp). Since September 2006, he works as a senior research associate at Vlerick Business School in the Technology & Operations Management Area. His main research and teaching in...

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