D'Amore-McKim, CIO partnership offers competitive advantage for tech leaders


Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and CIO, the executive-level tech media brand providing insight into technology leadership, recently formed a strategic partnership to offer two new executive education programs for technology executives. MBA Fundamentals for Tech Professionals and Beyond the MBA Insights for Tech Executives are the first pair of intensive, four-day programs that will be offered in the spring of 2017.

“Businesses today expect their technology executives to lead them into the future, and that means they need to be well-versed in business strategy and all the disciplines that drive an organization,” said Hugh Courtney, Dean of the  D’Amore-McKim School of Business. “Both of these new programs achieve that goal, from fundamentals through the more advanced Beyond the MBA course.”

D’Amore-McKim School of Business Professor Samina Karim, a leading expert in corporate strategy and innovation, is faculty director for the CIO programs. She designed the curricula to provide tech leaders with the business principles and acumen to drive competitive advantage for their organizations in this era of business disruption.

“These courses will fill a knowledge gap among our audience and provide deep dives into business issues with interactive problem solving that participants can begin to apply right away at their organizations,” said Adam Dennison, SVP and Publisher of CIO. “We chose to partner with Northeastern because of their innovative culture and faculty expertise. These programs can offer a career-enhancing opportunity to the tech leaders we serve.”

The MBA Fundamentals program is designed to give attendees a working understanding in the concepts that drive all business functions, from business strategy and innovation to accounting, finance, operations, and marketing. Attendees will develop a firsthand viewpoint of how colleagues in all these functions think and work, allowing them to speak their language and intrinsically understand their concerns – greatly increasing effectiveness and perspective on the job.

Beyond the MBA Insights for Tech Executives assumes some business background and focuses specifically on how technology executives can best lead their companies through disruption and change. Courses focus on transformation, ecosystems, analytics, internal metrics, acquisitions, alliances and leadership. Cases, discussions and teamwork projects will dive into the strategies and frameworks for transforming entire organizations through technology.

All professionals are welcome to the MBA Fundamentals course. Participants of the Beyond the MBA course are typically senior executives at the level of director and above. While designed for tech professionals and executives, both programs are open to those of other disciplines as well. More information on registration and pricing is available here.

Additional aspects of the partnership will unfold in the coming months.