ESMT Post Graduate Diploma



The Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Leadership Management (PGD) prepares companies to tackle the challenges of digitalisation and globalisation in a more and more complex and uncertain working environment.

ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership, innovation, and analytics. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia.  The business school is based in Berlin, Germany, and has a branch office in Shanghai, China. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.  



The Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Leadership Management (PGD) can be earned after having completed at least 16 program days within 12-18 months; participants can choose between two different tracks:

  • 16 days of Masterclasses delivered in Malaysia, including topics such as strategic leadership, counter strategies in global markets, being agile - Design Thinking and Scrum, business model generation, digitalization, change management and business ethics, sales management, negotiations, etc.
  • 10 days of Masterclasses in Malaysia and 6 days Smart Business Leaders Programme in Berlin, including topics such as Industry 4.0, innovation, Hidden Champions, leadership, and benchmarking/ immersion visits in companies and in the Berlin startup ecosystem 
  • In order to obtain the PGD, participants have to pass online tests on each of the programs attended.






SME owners, C-level and General Managers, Directors, senior managers and Heads of Departments of corporations..

Areas covered by this programme include:

Managing Digitalisation and Innovation

  • Counter strategies in global markets
  • Digitising marketing and sales
  • Building a digital strategy
  • The entrepreneurial mindset
  • Design Thinking and Scrum/Agile
  • Business model generation

Leadership and Social Responsibility

  • Leading people and teams
  • Leading change and business ethics
  • Women’s leadership excellence

Advanced Management Skills

  • Negotiation strategies

Prof. Dr. Olaf Plötner
Professor of Strategic Management, ESMT Berlin

Prof. Dr. Johannes Habel
Associate Professor and Co-director of the Hidden Champions Institute (HCI), ESMT Berlin

Prof. Joe Peppard, PhD
Visiting professor at ESMT Berlin and Principal Research Scientist, Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management

Prof. Dr. Martin Kupp
Visiting Professor at ESMT Berlin and Associate Professor for Entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe

Bianca Schmitz
Programme Director and Co-Director of the Hidden Champions Institute, ESMT Berlin

Dr. Jens Weinmann
Programme Director, ESMT Berlin

Christoph Räthke
CEO Berlin Startup Academy

Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci, PhD
Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior, ESMT Berlin

Dr. Urs Mueller
Lecturer and Program Director, ESMT Berlin

Christoph Burger
Senior Lecturer at ESMT Berlin

Dr. Mark Young
Visiting Lecturer at ESMT Berlin and Founder and President of Rational Games



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