The digital revolution is a complex process that is gaining increasing importance in the shaping of social, political and economic life. The speed of technological advancement, deficits in expertise and state capacity, and commodification of data have hindered a clear understanding of the drivers, channels and consequences of this monumental transformation.

Since 2019 the Hertie School’s Digital Week, hosted by Executive Education and the Centre for Digital Governance unpacks digitalisation and its societal impact from multiple angles. The intensive six-day programme includes executive training, expert panels and break-away events, that draw on cutting-edge research and industry know-how.

Meet the Center for Digital Governance:

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Learn more about the centre's mission and meet a team of outstanding experts in the field of digital governance and digital state capacity.

During the Digital Week you will develop key competencies and skills in digital transformation and governance, while exploring the following questions:

  • How do governments, businesses, civil society and digital users currently interact and affect the public good?
  • What are the policy alternatives to current forms of digital governance?
  • Will technology destroy or create jobs and what are the implications for labour markets, education and training?
  • How do we manage blurring industry boundaries and rapidly shifting citizen and customer expectations?
  • What are the implications for leadership and management in public and private organisations?


The digital week consists of two executive seminars on Technology policy and digital transformation and Digital governance. These intensive three-day trainings follow right after each other.

Technology policy and digital transformation

The first part of the week combines industry and research perspectives on the impact and potential of digital transformation in politics, diplomacy, business and society.

The following sessions will focus on key concepts and theories of digitalisation and drill deeper into key areas such as digital economy, digital politics and digital government. Considering the implications that digital transformation has for skills demands in organisations, participants will learn about innovation and responsibility in the digital age and hold a design thinking workshop to formulate their own digital strategy.


Digital governance

The second half of the week will focus on the interplay between government, business and the wider society in governing digitalisation.

Sessions will offer different perspectives on digital governance and examine the role of policymakers and social media corporations, as well as civil society organisations and users. Participants will focus on key topics such as cybersecurity and, together with invited experts, discuss policy alternatives to current forms of digital governance. The seminar takes a global perspective, going beyond Europe and the United States to China and the Middle East. Participants are encouraged to bring along examples and cases from other countries.

During the second part of Digital Week, participants will develop their own ideas to steer digitalisation.


How to register


Each individual course costs 1690 € , and a 15% discount is being offered for participants booking the full Digital Week programme, a total of 2,873 €.

Application process

Registration is possible on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. When registering please select the Technology policy and digital transformation and Digital governance executive seminars, and write "Digital Week" in the comments field to confirm you application. Admission is subject to availability.

Application requirements

  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English

The credits earned in the two executive seminars can be transferred to the Hertie School’s Executive Certificates or the Executive Master of Public Administration. The Executive Education team are happy to answer any questions you have about tailoring an executive training package that meets your professional development needs.

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