This exclusive executive education program is a collaboration of the CTO Forum and Stanford Graduate School of Business. It establishes the CTO Institute, a program aimed at identifying, examining, and overcoming the challenges that Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) face in fostering a culture of smart innovation. Using leading-edge research and teaching materials that have been field-tested with leading corporations, Stanford's world-class faculty members and distinguished members of the CTO Forum have collaborated to create a dynamic and highly relevant learning experience for participants from Fortune 500 companies.

Program Dates: 2015 dates to be announced

Program Overview

This executive education program focuses on the strategic leadership role of CTOs and their contributions to the long-term success of their companies. The major goal of the program is to bring together a diverse group of CTOs for three and a half days, creating an extraordinary opportunity to discuss common strategic issues, problems, and solutions within a structured context led by Stanford faculty. The program includes formal in-class discussions as well as informal discussions in the social setting of the Schwab Residential Center. The objective is for participants to return to their organizations re-energized, revitalized, inspired, and empowered with tools to contribute to corporate growth through innovation.

The first day of the program introduces foundational ideas about the key challenges to innovation and the strategic leadership disciplines required to overcome these challenges. The following three days explore each foundational idea in depth, focusing on the indispensable role of senior technology leaders. That role includes reinventing corporate new business development, creating an organizational culture that supports continued innovation, and leading the scaling of idea generation and change. Faculty will explore innovation challenges and opportunities in the automotive, energy, health care, retail, and semiconductor industries, among others. Participants will receive a free, one-year membership to the CTO Forum. This membership provides access to all of the CTO Forum community, events, and content.

Faculty Directors
Other Faculty
Robert A. Burgelman

Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management; Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program

Robert Burgelman carries out longitudinal field-based research on the role of strategy in firm evolution. He has examined how companies enter into new businesses (through corporate entrepreneurship and internal corporate venturing as well as through acquisition) and leave others (through strategic business exit), and how success may lead to co-evolutionary lock-in with the environment. His research has focused on organizations where strategic action is distributed among multiple levels of management. He has written approximately 100 case studies of companies in many different technology-based industries. He currently focuses on the challenges posed by nonlinear strategic dynamics.

General Atlantic Professor of Marketing

Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations; Codirector of the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization; Affiliated Faculty, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford

Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior; Codirector of the Executive Leadership Development Program

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Electronic Business and Commerce, and Management; Co-director of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative

Frank E. Buck Professor of Management; Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

COG. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance; Professor of Law (by courtesy), School of Law

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Academic Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program

Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing; Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program

CTO Forum Leadership
Basheer Janjua
Basheer Janjua

Founding Chair and President, CTO Forum

Farhat Ali
Farhat Ali

Honorary Dean, CTO Institute

Robert Beauchamp
Robert Beauchamp

Chairman, President, & CEO
BMC Software


Theodore Craver Jr.
Theodore Craver Jr.

Chairman, President & CEO
Edison International


Basheer Janjua
Charles Giancarlo



Robert Lloyd
Robert Lloyd

President, Development and Sales


Don Knauss
Don Knauss

Chairman & CEO
The Clorox Company


Maynard Webb
Maynard Webb

Author & Director of Board
Yahoo! &


CTO Institute 2013 Testimonials
Testimonials from participants in the 2013 Stanford GSB Executive Education CTO program.
Key Takeaways

The most effective CTOs take an active role in authoring their organization's future through business transformation, resisting the temptation to hold too much affection for the past. We expect that each participant in the program will take away a unique set of insights, tools, and strategies for energizing and revolutionizing the organization, including how to:

  • Master the design rules for radical, nonlinear, and systemic innovation in today's fast-paced business environment
  • Prevail against a built-in bias towards perpetuation to launch an agenda for game-changing innovation
  • Transform innovation from an occasional act into a systemic capability
  • Differentiate smart innovation from R&D and new product development
  • Recognize decaying strategies, and replace them with tools that help sustain organic growth through new business development
  • Apply the principles of collective intelligence to scale innovative ideas and organizational change
  • Promote organizational ambidexterity by training employees to be switch hitters
  • Inspire disengaged employees to apply their imagination, creativity, passion, and courage in the workplace

Highlighted Sessions

Why this program is needed
Traditional strategies for increasing profits and share value—perpetual cost cutting, megamergers, spinoffs, share buybacks, de-mergers, outsourcing, and other financial tools—occasionally provide value for shareholders, but fail to create new industries, markets, and wealth. It is not financial engineering, but rather smart innovation that acts as the wellspring of competitive differentiation, industry leadership, and positioning for long-term success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Incremental advances are no longer enough, and only brilliant innovation can propel a company to the forefront of an industry.

CTOs are tasked with spearheading strategies and employing tactics to foster a culture of innovation. And yet, many CTOs confide that innovation appears to have hit a barrier. Fewer than 10 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 are generating double-digit growth. Many of the largest technology companies have seen revenues and profits drop. Even Silicon Valley's engine of innovation, which is fueled by venture capital, seems to be stalling, and the typical venture fund barely beats the rate of return of the money markets.

What is preventing profitable, long-term growth, and what can be done about it? These questions are critical for CTOs, who are first in line to experience the consequences of under-investment in R&D, increasing emphasis of the short-term over the long-term, and the difficulties of helping business leaders withstand the tremendous pressures for quarterly results.

This executive education program serves a vital need by bringing together CTOs from many organizations, industries, and countries to share experiences and learn new ideas and frameworks for navigating an increasingly complex business environment.


Four Seasons Hotel - Silicon Valley / Palo Alto, CA
Participants in the program will stay at the beautiful 5 star Four Seasons Hotel located in the heart of Silicon Valley. ( Accommodations, daily transportation to and from Stanford University and all meals, including elegant dinners at the hotel, are included in the Program Tuition. The CTO Forum will make reservations for your stay at the hotel. If you are arriving earlier than Wednesday, May 28 and/or departing later than Saturday, May 31, please reserve the extra night(s) directly with the Four Seasons Hotel (650.566.1200) and reference “CTO Forum.”
Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.

Who Should Attend?

CTOs play an indispensable role in the continued development and renewal of innovation. They are among the few leaders with the expertise and vision to balance the allocation of corporate resources between current and future opportunities. What's more, they are uniquely positioned to influence the chief executive and board of directors to share the vision.

This program is designed for senior-level technology executives with at least 10 to 15 years of management experience who are responsible for building and deploying cutting-edge technology. Appropriate titles include Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Technology and Product Development, Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President of Research and Development.


Dan Epelman
Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.725.7169

CTO Forum
Phone: 408.806.9595