De Tijd

Transforming your organisation to win at digital speed

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Organisational agility is necessary in a context of digital transformation. It’s only when an organisation 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 organisation through a successful digital transformation and enhance the organisational 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 organisational agility
  • Categorize and evaluate key leadership responsibilities in creating organisational agility required to succeed in the digital age
  • Introduce and evaluate a number of practices for creating digital-age organisational 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:
- Kick-off: 6 February 2020 at Hotel de la Poste, Tour & Taxis Brussels
- Inspiration session: 21 March at Barco Campus, Kortrijk
- Graduation ceremony: 7 May 2020 at Vlerick Campus Ghent

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.

Elective topics

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 organisation.

Who would benefit from it?

Everyone who:
  • aspires to drive his or her organisation’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.
Prof Stijn Viaene

Professor Stijn Viaene - Programme director

Stijn is a passionate Faculty Member with his mind set on helping executives transform their enterprises for a digital world.

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Prof Walter Van Dyck

Professor 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.

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Prof Miguel Meuleman

Professor Miguel Meuleman

Miguel is focusing on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. He is passionate about the process and people behind new venture ideas.

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Prof Carine Peeters

Professor Carine Peeters

Carine is a firm believer in boosting company performance through people. She turned that into a passion for developing the strategic thinking and practice of executives and managers at all levels.

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Prof Dirk Buyens

Professor Dirk Buyens

Dirk is the authority on strategic HR and can bring out the best in you and your organisation when it comes to the field of people management, career management and organisation development.

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Our faculty team is supported by a select group of business leaders that will share their insights and experiences during the programme.


A high-impact learning journey

  • Learn through different formats – from quizzes, videos and peer-to-peer learning to discussions, case studies and real-life business challenges
  • Turn your knowledge into action – take what you’ve learned and immediately put it into practice with live projects and stimulated exercises
  • Experience a mix of creating content together, sharing of experiences, applying to your own context, learning from peers and translating it back to your own reality

Highly flexible

  • Study anywhere, any time – our online approach means you can learn your way 
  • Learn at your own pace – timetables and clear deadlines help you to plan your schedule
  • Make the transition – our online programmes give you time to develop your skills and take them back to your workplace

We know the challenges you face

  • Get cutting-edge insight – our faculty have close ties to the business world and our home in the heart of Europe means we understand the fast-paced environment you work in
  • Get support every step of the way – share ideas and experiences with your fellow participants and get individual feedback from our faculty

Drive real change in your organisation

A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

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