RWTH Aachen University Free Online Course on Managing Disruptive Change

RWTH Aachen University is offering free online course on Managing Disruptive Change. Students will identify and assess specific disruptions and their impact, as well as the selection of appropriate reaction patterns.

In this six-week course, applicants will equip themselves with the necessary tools to not only understand changes in your company’s environment but to also prepare for and respond to them. This course will start on May 17, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours pw
Subject: Business & Management
Institution: RWTH Aachen University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $149
Session: Course Starts on May 17, 2017

Providers’ Details

The RWTH Aachen University is among the leading technical universities in Europe measured by its academic output, the quality of its graduates, and by the quantity of its external funding.

About This Course

Disruption is simultaneously the greatest threat and the biggest opportunity for any business.

This course takes a structured approach to understanding and managing industry disruptions. It will provide you with the required tools and concepts required to identify and then manage disruptions by implementing targeted actions.

Why Take This Course?

This course is part of the “Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change” MicroMasters program designed to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting field. In order to qualify for the MicroMasters Credential, you will need to earn a Verified Certificate in each of the six courses of the RWTHx MicroMasters program.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to spot specific disruption patterns as well as potential sources of disruptions
  • Ways to assess the degree of the respective disruptions in terms of stage, speed and impact
  • The know-how to select appropriate counter initiatives drawing from a tool kit of potential actions, depending on the assessment of the disruption


Malte Brettel

Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel is professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at WHU – Otto-Beisheim-School of Management, Germany. His areas of research interest include entrepreneurial management and development, entrepreneurial marketing,


No mandatory prerequisites but basic knowledge of business administration and math is beneficial.

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