I have never written a post on a blog before.
I have never posted a tweet.
And I am not an expert on digital transformation, digital business, or digital disruption.
My name is Max, and I am a graduate exchange student from Germany whose goal it is to step out of his comfort zone – not only personally, but also academically. I expect this course to do exactly that by combining a unique learning experience with new ideas and entrepreneurial spirit for digital projects.
Teaching at most universities in Europe does not heavily rely on discussions with professors or fellow students, but rather on content presentation with subsequent case solving or follow up questions. In my opinion, this has always limited (to some extend) the possibility of spontaneous and creative discussions as well as problem solving.
I very much look forward to experiencing the exact opposite in this class. The setting of immediate interactions, bilateral learning and benefitting from fellow students who are much more experienced than I am, should give me the chance to acquire more knowledge in four months than I have ever did during my studies.
This style of teaching fits perfectly with the dynamic topic we are dealing with. Therefore, I hope that it creates a more sustainable and longer-lasting learning outcome – both personally as well as academically.
Digitalization is prominent in every organization nowadays. In addition, COVID-19 functioned and still functions as the biggest driver of change in human behavior. This results in the need for fast and continuous adaptation of digital technologies which I want to experience in this course.
The knowledge I have gained so far regarding digital transformation is quite limited and superficial. I am familiar with using digital technologies to make common business processes, that have always been done, faster and cheaper.
However, I expect digital technologies to be much more than that. In this class, I want to discover the ones that fundamentally disrupt businesses, going beyond improvements that just simply scratch the surface without leaving a long-term impact.
Additionally, I am very excited to see how digital transformation not only connects various fields of businesses and technologies with each other but also how it is related to other transformational shifts itself. In my opinion, digital, business model, as well as sustainable transformation are very dependent on each other.
This course consisting of people with various educational and professional backgrounds has the great potential of discovering how these transformational shifts might be intertwined and how they might be able to support each other in order to achieve not only greater but also more meaningful impact.
I am looking forward to your comments and our upcoming discussions in future course sessions, hoping that it will be a fun and inspirational time!