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Digital Leadership (part of LBA)

This session is part of the Cardiff LBA (Leadership in Business Administration). You can choose to book this session only, or attend the whole programme (at a cost benefit).

This session focuses on Digital Leadership.

About the Cardiff LBA

The programme is designed to fit around your work and home commitments as it is delivered in one-day sessions across 12 months. You'll find that the sessions are very practical and enjoyable - you'll be able to take ideas back to your organisation and apply them straight away.

You can choose to study just individual sessions or attend the full Cardiff LBA. However, all the topics have been selected in order to give you the broad spectrum of expertise needed to hold senior leadership positions. Find out more about the full LBA programme.

Your trainer will be David Jones.

Register your interest

There are currently no upcoming dates available for this course, but you can register your interest by getting in touch.

Who it’s for

Senior leaders: At the highest levels of leadership, this session will discuss how Boards can take responsibility for overall digital strategy whilst understanding the longer-term drivers of digital change across industry by using a number of relevant case studies in the private and public Sectors.

General leadership: For all levels of leaders, the session will explain how the internet has made irreversible changes to how people treat commerce and communications from the perspective of behaviour and technology.

Specific trends are examined including mobile technology, artificial intelligence / machine learning and agile software development.

The Cardiff LBA programme is suitable for those who wish to learn in short sessions, held once a month over a year - and who do not require accreditation or assessment.

What you’ll learn

It’s easy to look at the implications of the internet and the wider digital change that accompanies it and mistake it for a single transformation process. This session highlights how certain industries initially embraced and benefitted from incremental digital change, but eventually struggled when the nature of the technical and behavioural changes became too sudden.

The uncertain environment which the internet brings suggests that planning is either impossible or foolish. The session attempts to navigate a path for both public sector and private sector organisations from the analogue to digital world.

We will examine the practical steps which leaders can make to being the process of change in their organisations.

With reference to successes over the past few years in public sector digital strategy, a set of topics are covered:

  • Agile and the MVP
  • Capital expenditure / procurement / supplier relationship. Today’s digital world has moved beyond simply outsourcing organisational change to suppliers. We will explore a new way to work with technology suppliers on a number of commercial aspects including contract-terms, procurement strategies and transportability of data.  The skills of and organisations people are more important than the technology. However, since the digital threat/ opportunity is common across almost all organisations, there is an arms-race for skills which puts pressure on salary budgets.  At the same time, up-skilling current staff is expensive and risky if they leave as soon as they become more valuable. The session looks at how the right balance can be struck and examines questions of perks from additional leave to table-tennis tables in the office!  Whilst digital leadership is required throughout and organisation, the implications for the Board-level governance require special attention. This is covered from an executive and non-executive perspective
  • Cyber security has become a critical Board-level issue for the public and private sectors. The session includes a set of actions that can begin the mitigation process for all sizes of organisation.

There will be multiple opportunities for you to appreciate how the concepts relate to and/or affects your work. Many examples will be provided from a range of different sectors, in order to illustrate key learning points.  After the session you will be able to practically apply your learning straight away.

Active participation in the programme is required from participants and the completion of project work is essential.

Topics covered

  • Agile and MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
  • The context of technology pace
  • Military supply drones
  • Will robots replace humans in food industry?


  • Accelerating innovation
  • 2nd and 3rd level Impacts
  • Prediction.


    • The session will enable participants to better understand the rapid pace of change and, through discussion, relate those changes back to their own sector and organisation
    • Key aspects of management will be discussed, including HR / skills, finance and project management
    • This is a very flexible programme, designed to fit in around existing work and home commitments. Choose to attend all sessions or just the ones that most interest you
    • Teaching will be wholly applicable to the workplace, so that, following a session, you will be able to begin practically applying your learning straight away
    • Conversations within the programme are connected to real-world problems that participants are currently facing within the workplace, and those that you will likely face in the future
    • Teaching examples are provided from a range of different sectors, in order to illustrate key learning points
    • A Certificate of Attendance for Executive Education at Cardiff Business School will be awarded subject to the completion of all of the education elements of the programme and Senior Management review of associated project work within the organisation
    • Study at Cardiff Business School and benefit from access to researchers working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines.


Cardiff Business School Postgraduate Teaching Centre
Colum Road
CF10 3EU

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