23rd Harvard Club of Australia Program for Leaders

Competing in The Age of AI: Becoming More Digital and Agile

presented by

Harvard Business School  faculty members

Professor Karim R. Lakhani and Professor Tsedal Neeley

on 25-30 July 2021 at RACV Healesville


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Now in its 23nd year, the Harvard Club Australia Program for Leaders is an annual five-day residential executive education program for senior management, presented by Harvard Business School Professors using the famous Harvard Business School case study method.

Step back from your day-to-day responsibilities and reassess your situation with world-class faculty in a diverse network of accomplished executive peers. Immerse yourself in this proven learning experience, and develop a broader perspective on the challenges facing your organization and your leadership capabilities.


The program is designed to suit a range of executive positions, including:

  • Company Directors

  • Director Generals

  • CEOs

  • Executive Managers

  • General Managers

  • Senior Managers


Key Benefits:

Focusing on digital transformation, participants will explore the best practices for building platforms and managing ecosystems that attract and retain customers. With a better understanding of changing technology and consumer behaviour, participants will be enabled to:

  • The economic and technological factors that are at the heart of the digital revolution
  •  The clash between existing business models and new digitally enhanced and led business models emphasizing platforms and ecosystems
  • The competitive interactions among firms with different digital business models
  • How to lead agile teams who can deliver product and service innovation initiatives in the digital space



Karim R. Lakhani

Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration

Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at the Harvard Business School.  He is the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, Topcoder, and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage. He serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation and Local Motors.

Karim's research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Innovations, Journal of Organization Design, Management Science, Nature Biotechnology, Organization Science, RAND Journal of Economics, Research Policy and MIT Sloan Management Review.  He is the co-editor of two books from MIT Press on distributed innovation models including Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation (2016) and Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software (2005). His research has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times, The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, Science, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.

Karim has taught extensively in Harvard Business School’s MBA, executive and doctoral programs.  He co-developed a new course on Digital Innovation and Transformation for the elective MBA curriculum and co-chairs the executive program on Competing with Big Data and Business Analytics. He is the co-chair of the Harvard Business Analytics Program, an online executive program training the next generation of data-savvy leaders.

Karim was awarded his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an SM degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Canada. He was a recipient of the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship and a doctoral fellowship from Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Prior to coming to HBS he served as a Lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  Karim has also worked in sales, marketing and new product development roles at GE Healthcare and was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.  


Our fully residential program includes:

  • An action-packed program of case study discussions and lectures with leadership experts and senior executive guest speakers
  • Program instruction materials – all available prior to the course

  • Networking opportunities with other attendees

  • All meals

  • Five nights’ accommodation and use of leisure facilities

  • Complimentary on-site parking

Fee $10,750 plus GST per person
  • available for EarlyBird bookings prior to 1 April
  • teams of 4+ people
Deposit  $2750 at registration 



“Fabulous program, content, and methodology. Speakers and presenters were amazing and I learnt a lot and grew as an individual.”

— Andrew Milligan, Head of Finance Retail, The GPT Group

“What a privilege to attend! Professors are outstanding – not just in the content they bring but in the expertise to translate that content into learning. Truly inspiring-thank you deeply.” 

— Dean Salter, Chief Operating Officer, Jetstar

“Thank you for a fantastic week! The unique pairing of organisational behaviour and disruption from the Professors was inspired and so so relevant. I also really appreciate the efforts and the care of the program management team. Thank you all for a career defining experience.” 

— Ainsley Barahona Santos, General Manager, HR Partnering, iCare


Our program has been recognised as the leading one of its kind in Australia. Over the years we’re thrilled to have seen representation from some of Australia’s most respected companies and organisations, including:



A unique opportunity today, could see you achieve the next level of executive success tomorrow.

For more information on our Program for Leaders, please email and a program manager will send you a brochure and call you back.

Email or phone : 02 8916 6384

Program Managers : Anita Pike & Ben Attfield 

Program Director : Melinda Muth