Ljubljana, Slovenia

Digital Transformation for Organisational Resilience

online course
when 25 July 2021 - 7 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1650

The summer school explores the deployment of disruptive IT technologies for information, mobility and safety services in cities and organizations working with cities. Adding IT technologies to existing management approaches will allow new ways of decentralised and collaborative communication and coordination, data and event recording and replay, and post-event analysis. The design of such a supportive IT structure is typically an example of “digital transformation” where existing organisations (companies, local municipality administrations, police, fireguards, hospitals, citizens) will have to find new ways of working through a collaborative and interactive change process.

Organizations often face challenges related to adaptation to new administrative and operational procedures because of employment of disruptive IT technology. This becomes even more of a problem when change is continuous and accelerating, as not all organizations are flexible enough to survive in these conditions and often show cultural and organisational inertia. The summer school will teach the participants how to analyse work processes and organisations and how to develop new working methods through an interactive design process using intrapreneurial and participative actions and experiments. The participants will visit the organisations and will interview different stakeholders.

The end goal is to provide scenarios and solutions that address concrete problems of stakeholders, developed with the help of digital technologies. In this view, cities, companies and administrations are seen as enablers, as they provide a common (physical) ground in which other organizations operate and collaborate.

An example of such an environment will be presented to the participants of the summer school. They will work on challenges presented by the digital cities project in one of the largest cities in the country, often described as the ‘Smart Pond’. Several organizations (companies, utilities and other stakeholders) working in different specific fields of the implementation of the digital technologies to improve the resilience of the city, their organizations and test the implementation of solutions to some of the societal challenges impacting the world today.

The final solutions to the presented challenges will be presented as proposals for experiments that could be conducted by the involved organizations. As such students will pitch a strategic plan for applying digital transformation in a chosen organization.

The summer school will be organised by EIT Digital and the University of Ljubljana. Cases will be provided by the cities of Ljubljana, and potentially another city in a neighbouring country.

Target group

We welcome all qualified participants interested in digital innovation and entrepreneurship: Business professionals, bachelor’s degree students, master’s degree students, and doctoral students from any university and industry.

Credits info

4 EC
Acceptance of transfer credit is always a decision of receiving institutions. Any student interested in transferring 4 ECTS credits to another college or university should check directly with the receiving institution.

Fee info

EUR 1650: Regular rate
EUR 1250: Special tuition fees for organisations that register 5 or more participants. Please contact EIT Digital Summer School for invoicing details


Stipends and grants details available on the website.