Apply For The Africa Platform Management, Strategy & Innovation Micro-course

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Africa Platform Management, Strategy & Innovation is a first-of-a-kind, 5-week online course designed for managers, executives, and entrepreneurs who are seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in a rapidly changing business environment where new leadership skills are needed.
The Internet, smart devices, and a host of other digital capabilities are enabling new ways of doing business and opening up new business opportunities across Africa. Driving this trend is the rapid rise of platform businesses that connect people, organizations and resources in ways that make it easier to find and purchase goods, get rides, watch movies, locate jobs and much more.
At the same time, platform businesses require a different approach to nearly every aspect of management--strategy, business processes, metrics, branding, supply chain, IP protection, and many others.

Course Objectives

  • Provide practical training in new management concepts
  • Establish a network of individuals across Africa and beyond interested in building and operating digital businesses
  • Create a community of professionals committed to advancing platform management and innovation for Africa


  • Learn from the leading academic experts in platform business models
  • Collaborate and learn from a diverse group of peers
  • Receive a certificate upon course completion
  • Earn the opportunity for an all expenses paid trip to New York to attend a CGE-sponsored event


  • Introduction to platform definitions and key concepts
  • Principles of platform architecture, governance and launch strategy
  • Strategies for integrating local and foreign entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Platform funding strategies
  • Overview of what's ahead for platform businesses in Africa

Designed for

  • Platform managers/executives
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Aspiring platform founders
  • Business students

Participant Expectations

  • Plan to commit at least 4 hours per week for 5 weeks
  • Participants must complete short individual weekly assignments and at least one group project

Technical Requirements

Participants need access to a computer or smart device connected to the Internet. All assignments and group projects are submitted via an Internet-connected device.

Professional Conduct

All work submitted must be original. Any and all material that is obtained from the Internet or other sources must be properly cited and all copyrights and IP restrictions must be respected.

Center for Global Enterprise (CGE)

CGE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of global management best practices, the contemporary corporation, economic integration, and their impacts on society. The Center was founded by Samuel J. Palmisano, former CEO and Chairman of IBM, to advance the management science that fosters successful global companies and to make these best practices available and accessible to the current and next generation of business leaders.



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