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    6 Weeks
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    6–8 hours per week
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    Intermediate
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Prerequisites

No mandatory prerequisites but basic knowledge of business administration and math is beneficial.

About this course

Disruption is simultaneously the greatest threat and the biggest opportunity for any business. While some companies proactively manage this potential risk and leverage it to further grow their business, others fall behind by not acknowledging the profound impact that this type of change might have.

This course helps you to get in the driver seat by teaching you a structured approach to respond to disruptive change through targeted actions:

Identify emerging disruptions early on

  • Why do companies get disrupted in the first place?
  • What are potential sources of disruption?
  • What are disruption patterns that can be spotted?

Proactively manage disruptions to leverage them as an opportunity

  • What are potential ways to handle disruptions?
  • How strong is the disruption and what kind of impact might it have on my business?
  • What are generalizable action patterns that I can transfer to other contexts?

We put special emphasis on the use of real-life case studies and tutorials to ensure practical relevance and help you prepare for actual situations. This course prepares you for a position at the interface of technology and management, going beyond the operational scope to take a more strategic perspective.

After completing this course you will improve your career qualifications as Business Development Manager, Change Manager or Innovation Manager. Professionals from the industries of IT Management, Mechanical Engineering, Marketing Consulting and Project Coordination already completed the course.

This course is part of the "Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change" MicroMasters program designed to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting field. In order to qualify for the MicroMasters Credential, you will need to earn a Verified Certificate in each of the six courses of the RWTHx MicroMasters program.

What you'll learn

  • How to spot specific disruption patterns as well as potential sources of disruptions
  • Ways to assess the degree of the respective disruptions in terms of stage, speed and impact
  • The know-how to select appropriate counter initiatives drawing from a tool kit of potential actions, depending on the assessment of the disruption

Meet your instructors

Malte Brettel
Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group and Co-Director of the TIME Research Area
RWTH Aachen University

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Learner testimonials

"Both quality of the program and capability of the professor made this course really a valuable experience for my professional development. The combination between theoretical basis and practical assignments enable me to apply this knowledge in my job activities." - Previous Learner

"The course provides a toolkit to assess and manage disruptive change. The lectures are well prepared and full of examples. You will get the most out of this course with the weekly assignments. You build step by step a plan to manage disruptive change, and at the end you can compare it to the real strategies that the real company made. " - Previous Learner

Frequently asked questions

Our MicroMasters program consists out of six courses. To gain the MicroMasters credential you need to complete all of the courses. You’re free to choose in which order you would like to take the courses but the chronological order is recommended.

There are always several courses open for enrollment in different runs. To avoid any confusion you’ll find a list of all start dates for the future courses in the different runs following.  
It’s not necessary to complete all six courses of the same run to receive the MicroMasters Credential. It only matters that you received a certificate in all six courses in general.

MTI001x: Managing Disruptive Change
MTI002x: Customer-Centric Innovation
MTI003x: Innovation and Creativity Management
MTI004x: Thinking & Acting like an Entrepreneur
MTI005x: Strategic Management: From Intuition to Insight
MTI006x: Strategic Management: From Insight to Decision

MTI – Run 4

MTI004x – 30 January 2019

MTI005x  – 27 March 2019

MTI006x – 29 May 2019


MTI – Run 5

MTI001x – 14 November 2018

MTI002x – 16 January 2019

MTI003x – 13 March 2019

MTI004x – 15 May 2019

MTI005x  – 17 July 2019

MTI006x – 18 September 2019


MTI – Run 6

MTI001x – 06 March 2019

MTI002x – 08 May 2019

MTI003x – 10 July 2019

MTI004x – 11 September 2019

MTI005x  – 06 November 2019

MTI006x – 15 January 2020

 
MTI – Run 7

MTI001x – 12 June 2019

MTI002x – 14 August 2019

MTI003x – 16 October 2019

MTI004x – 15 January 2020

MTI005x  – 18 March 2020

MTI006x – 13 May 2020


MTI – Run 8

MTI001x – 25 September 2019

MTI002x – 27 November 2019

MTI003x – 29 January 2020

MTI004x – 25 March 2020

MTI005x  – 27 May 2020

MTI006x – 29 July 2020


MTI – Run 9

MTI001x – 08 January 2020

MTI002x – 11 March 2020

MTI003x – 06 May 2020

MTI004x – 08 July 2020

MTI005x  – 09 September 2020

MTI006x – 04 November 2020

Who can take this course?

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