Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program

Orchestrate growth through technology

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

June 29, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

9 to 12 Months
Online + On Campus

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

US$19,500 US$500 application fee

Early Registration Benefit

US$500

We are offering an early registration benefit on the program fee exclusively for participants who apply by May 26, 2022.
The final fee will be US$19,500.

Program overview

Throughout the learning journey of 9 to 12 months, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program will inform you through a mix of in-depth core modules and electives, real-world case studies, polls, reflection journal, and lectures — providing you with solutions to business challenges your organization confronts on a daily basis. The core modules will focus on key areas such as technology trends, mastering innovation, and technology strategy. As a program participant, you will explore how to implement innovative technologies using appropriate tools and techniques so that they can thrive throughout your organization. You will also learn how to build and scale a technology architecture for optimal deployment. Through interactive sessions, you will learn how to apply relevant practices — gaining insights from world-renowned faculty, knowledgeable practitioners, and accomplished peers. Check-in sessions with a success coach will customize this learning journey to your professional needs while the flexible format will allow you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.

77%

of executives state that technology architecture is becoming critical to the overall success of their organization.

Source: Technology Vision 2021 — Accenture

86%

of executives agree their organization must train its people to think like technologists.

Source: Technology Vision 2021 — Accenture

Program highlights

This impactful program offers a unique blend of components that provide the skill sets and knowledge you need to help your organization invest for future growth. Along with distinguished peers, you will participate in interactive sessions with eminent faculty and share insights with industry experts. During this comprehensive learning journey, you will acquire the tools, techniques, and principles needed to drive technological change.
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Interactive sessions

Leverage interactive sessions with faculty, fireside chats with practitioners, and networking sessions with peers.

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Flexible

Learn at your own pace with online sessions and customize your learning journey with electives.

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Choice of electives

Select from relevant topical electives to gain skill sets specific to your career goals.

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Expert faculty

Learn from world-renowned Wharton faculty and global industry experts.

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Executive reflection

Through in-depth exploration with faculty, coaches, and peers, prepare a presentation that addresses a real-world technology issue.

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Comprehensive curriculum

Immerse in a 9- to 12-month learning journey that includes in-depth sessions in the latest technology tools, trends, and strategies.

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Real-world applications

Learn from real-world case studies and business challenges during the program, and apply the learnings to your job immediately.

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Success coach

You will be assigned a success coach who will help craft your learning journey in line with your career goals.

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Peer interaction

Interact with and learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network.

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Pathway to alumni status

Following successful completion of the CTO Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status.

Curriculum

The program’s online core modules will enable you to evaluate emerging technology trends, explore how to address the role of the CTO as a strategic partner, and determine the most efficient ways to scale your company’s technology infrastructure. Designed with your demanding schedule in mind, this immersive program comprises 18 weeks of core modules and a choice of three online electives. It concludes with a two-day on-campus networking and graduation event.
  • Knowing how to manage the risks of disruption is critical in today’s technology-driven business world. As a participant in the CTO Program, you will emerge equipped with the tools to not only manage risk but also recognize and validate new opportunities for your organization. You will explore the concepts of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and more — and learn how these developments are driving growth on a global scale. You will also discuss how to use strategic processes to improve technology deployment, and discover optimal methods for executing an effective technology vision.

    • CTO Strategic Mindset: Responding to Change and Creating Change
    • Frameworks and Building Blocks
    • Generating and Evaluating Commercial Ideas
    • Entry Strategies
    • Strategic Adaptation and Renewal
    • Ecosystems
    • Machine Learning
    • The AI Stack and Competitive Implications
    • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
    • Technology Policy
    • Global Technology Trends
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Essentials for a New Business Era
    • Scaling
    • Metrics
    • Leading Innovation
    • Process View of Innovation and Innovation Tournaments
    • The CTO Perspective: Balancing External and Internal Modes of Innovation
    • Accessing New Technologies and Platforms through Acquisition

    Note: Session topics are subject to change.

  • As a participant in the CTO Program, you will select three online electives (of six weeks each). During the elective period, you will dive deeper into how senior leaders can influence the impact of technology on the bottom line. This exploration will include discussions of real-world case studies and how to apply what you’ve learned upon returning to your workplace. While issues faced by CTOs are often similar in scope, insights discussed in these sessions can offer perspectives from different industries and solutions to universal challenges.

    • Scaling a Business: How to Build a USD 1 Billion+ Unicorn
    • Technology Acceleration
    • Business Analytics
    • Corporate Governance
    • Executive Presence and Influence
    • Managing and Implementing Complex Projects
    • Product Management and Strategy
    • Leading the Technology Driven Firm

    Note: Final list of electives is subject to change.

  • *This event will occur annually in Philadelphia upon the completion of every fourth cohort of this program.

Executive reflection

Over the course of the program, you will work on a reflection journal that will help you leverage the insights gained from the program and apply them to analyze challenges in your previous or current organization. You will select an issue currently confronting your organization and develop a set of potential solutions to remedy the situation. You can take advantage of weekly live sessions and the Slack channel to ask questions and discuss ideas with your success coach and cohort peers.

As part of the project, you will develop a reflection journal to relate Phase I, II, and III topics to your organizational experiences. For each reflection, you will choose six subtopics (one subtopic from each week) and write a cumulative 350- to 400-word reflection. You will also be presented with a series of questions that will help you to get started on your reflection. At the end of the program, you will make a final presentation, which will be a valuable asset when proposing initiatives to decision makers in your organization.

There are three reflection journal submissions in total — one at the end of each phase:

Week 1

  • Initiate Project Determine a technology challenge or initiative for your organization

Week 6

  • Reflection Journal Submission:
    1 Examine the experiences of implementing technology strategies to address the challenge or initiative at an organizational leadership level.

Week 12

  • Reflection Journal Submission:
    2 Examine the experiences of implementing technology trends to refine the chosen initiative or challenge.

Week 18

  • Reflection Journal Submission:
    3 Examine the technology tools, techniques, and execution methods necessary to implement the initiative and reflect upon the experiences of deploying them.
All reflection journal submissions and the final presentation of the executive reflection are required to complete this program.

Pathway to Wharton alumni status

For more than 135 years, Wharton has been the place where visionaries, inventors, and trailblazers get their start. After completing the CTO Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status.

Executives who successfully complete the CTO Program have the option of applying to the General Management Program (GMP). The GMP provides further opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and business acumen with a flexible curriculum. The CTO Program provides one credit towards the six required to complete the GMP and earn alumni status. More details on the GMP are available at Wharton Executive Education.

Upon qualifying for Wharton alumni status, you will be eligible to receive:

  • Full access to become a member of 77+ Wharton alumni clubs
  • Invitation to attend future Wharton global alumni forums
  • A Wharton email address

Program faculty

Tapping into a rich reservoir of groundbreaking research and practical business acumen, Wharton’s elite faculty offer you an invaluable learning experience that carries beyond the classroom into the real world. Recognized for their extensive breadth and depth of knowledge in business, technology, and entrepreneurship, our esteemed thought leaders and exceptional industry experts work together to enlighten you about novel approaches to global business challenges, share unique perspectives about industry breakthroughs, and encourage you to experiment with new ways of confronting old problems. In the technology sphere, our acclaimed faculty investigate the impact of cutting-edge trends on global growth and how they might positively impact the implementation of your organization’s technology strategy.

At Wharton, we thrive in an environment that promotes collaboration, inclusiveness, and accessibility so that seasoned professionals like you are inspired to reach beyond your limits and broaden your leadership scope — both professionally and personally — for an educational opportunity that is unparalleled and transformational.

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Lori Rosenkopf, PhD

Academic Director for the CTO Program, Wharton Executive Education; Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School

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Gad Allon, PhD

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Director, Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, The Wharton School

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David Hsu, PhD

Richard A. Sapp Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Witold Henisz, PhD

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Political Risk Lab; Founder, Wharton ESG Analytics Lab, The Wharton School

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Zeke Hernandez, PhD

Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Rahul Kapoor, PhD

Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Harbir Singh, PhD

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

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Prasanna Tambe, PhD

Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

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Karl Ulrich, PhD

CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Kevin Werbach, JD

Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Certificate

Certificate

Earn a Wharton Executive Education digital certificate upon successful completion of the program. As an alumnus of this transformative program, you get exclusive access to a wide range of professionals, events, and networking opportunities. Furthermore, you can also benefit from additional tuition assistance upon enrolling in further online electives from Wharton Executive Education.

Note: After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

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Please also note that participation in the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program (a) will not result in a degree from, alumni status with, or earned credit at the University of Pennsylvania or the Wharton School (or, to Wharton’s knowledge, any other institution), (b) will not be recorded on a University of Pennsylvania or Wharton transcript, and (c) does not guarantee or suggest that a participant will be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School, or to any other university or institution.

Who is it for?

Whether you are tasked with developing your company’s strategy for enhancing technological improvements or identifying and implementing new technologies, you will benefit from this comprehensive program. CTOs, aspiring CTOs, and senior executives who aim to lead the technology strategy of a company — as well as VPs of engineering, software architects, or those responsible for evaluating and implementing new systems — will also benefit from this informative learning experience. You will emerge with a firm grasp and clear understanding of frameworks that ensure your organization excels in these evolving times.

Program eligibility criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience
  • International exposure (preferred)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Application details

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Round 2

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Round 3

US$19,500 / program fee

Application Fee

US$500

Application Deadline
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Round 4

US$20,000 / program fee

Application Fee

US$500

Application Deadline
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