Short courses


Digital Transformation in the Built Environment: Aligning Technology with Business

  • 20 hours
  • 3 half days over 4 weeks


This online short course for executives in the built environment will help you develop your leadership competencies in digital transformation. 

You'll learn about the terminologies, principles, tools and techniques for addressing digital transformation. 

The course aims to prepare you to be a proactive manager or executive with a good grasp of the subject, including organisational management, project management and supply chain management. 

This course is being run by the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. 

Who it's for

The course is for experienced managers and leaders who have worked in the built environment sector for at least three years.

You'll be expected to bring your practical experience of the sector and challenges you've faced to the class.

      Structure and teaching

      The course will be delivered online through: 

      • three half-day interactive online sessions via Zoom
      • self-paced learning in your own time
      • webinars

      The course takes place over a four-week period, and you should expect to spend 8 hours on independent study, in addition to the live sessions.

      The course uses a flipped classroom style, where you'll be given scenarios to prepare before class and asked to address issues relating to them.

      You'll have access to our virtual learning environment UCL Extend 1 or 2 weeks before the course start date. Here you'll find resources to help you prepare for the live sessions, including videos, pre-class preparation readings (teaching cases), and short questionnaires.

      Course content

      Day 1: Digital transformation in firms (7 March 2023, 2pm to 5:30pm)

      • Organising for digital change
      • Digital strategy and innovation systems

      Day 2: Digital transformations in projects and supply chains (14 March 2023, 2pm to 5:30pm)

      • Digital leadership
      • Digital supply chain for sustainable futures

      Day 3: Leading digital transformation in your workplace (21 March 2023, 2pm to 5:30pm)

      • Presentations of group coursework
      • Reflections and outlook


        The assessment will consist of:

        • individual learning journals
        • group coursework


        You'll receive a certificate of participation from The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction after completing the course. 

        Learning outcomes

        By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

        • understand the argument for digital transformation and how it changes the built environment
        • understand the impact of innovative digital technologies on the management of the built environment ecosystem
        • understand the latest developments in research with regards to digitalisation in the built environment and its implications
        • interpret and react to changes in the built environment at organisational and project-based levels
        • critically listen to, read and/or receive information in different formats and from different sources and summarise and evaluate relative significance
        • formulate arguments, communicate problems, their analysis and solution in a logical and concise manner
        • interact and coordinate with professionals to co-create solutions without compromising competitive advantages in the digital built environment


        This short online course uses the Teaching Case method, first pioneered by Harvard Business School over 100 years ago and widely-used in business schools globally today. Teaching cases are scenario-based and employ a ‘flipped classroom’ style, which requires some preparation form participants, making them active learners and where participants are guided by facilitators to address scenarios and reach decisions on a range of issues relating to digital transformation.

        The course leaders are fully trained in developing and delivering Teaching Cases using the Harvard Case Teaching method. Since 2017, they have brought this pedagogical approach to the built environment industries and beyond. As well as authoring six Teaching Cases based on fieldwork research on companies such as Skanska and Thames Tideway, they have delivered executive education sessions to approximately 300 participants internationally.

        Course team

        Dr Eleni Papadonikolaki

        Dr Eleni Papadonikolaki

        Eleni is an Associate Professor and Founding Programme Director of MSc Digital Engineering Management. She's interested in innovation, digital technologies (such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), digital twins, blockchain and artificial intelligence), collaboration, integrated teams and digital ecosystems and platforms from a socio-technical approach. She's Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the Association for Project Management, and an engineer. She has extensive experience in teaching using the Harvard Case Teaching method.

        Dr Bethan Morgan

        Dr Bethan Morgan

        Beth combines management experience with substantial expertise in the teaching and research of digital transformation. Her work focuses on the socio-technical aspects of digitalisation in organisations, ecosystems and industries. In 2017, Beth was awarded a fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for continued work in disruptive digital technologies and is widely published. Her interest in executive education is long-standing and has led to her authoring and teaching using the Harvard Teaching Case method.

        Learner reviews

        “I really enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others. I think the pace and length was great.”

        “I was able to infer the connections and have already used the learning in my day-to-day to explain the concepts of modularity, standards, and transformation. So fantastic content, love the concept and it worked!”

        “The two course leaders were fantastic. They managed the session and everyone's engagement perfectly."

        Course information last modified: 12 Dec 2022, 17:33