Professional Course

Leading the Future of Work

GetSmarter, Online
6 weeks
6 weeks
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Course description

Leading the Future of Work

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The world has experienced a fundamental shift in the business landscape. Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are at the forefront of this, acting as the catalysts of workplace change. However, technology and business AI are only part of the evolution.

The Leading the Future of Work online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management explores the various factors driving transformation and shaping the future of business design. It also highlights the role organizations, employees, government officials, and public policymakers must play in response to rapid change. At the heart of it lies the need for a new social contract mdash; the mutual expectations and obligations workers, employers and their communities, and society have for work and employment relationships. By developing a high-road business strategy that benefits employees and shareholders alike,you'll be better positioned to stay ahead of your competitors while leading your business forward into the future.

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

This program will appeal to anyone interested in the future of work technology and design, and how key changes will impact their career or organization. Business leaders and managers will gain the confidence to make decisions and implement strategies that lead their firms toward the future. Those working in the public sector mdash; such as policymakers, government officials, or members of civic institutions mdash; can use their new skills to influence labor and work development policies. Consultants or specialists in HR transformation, organizational design, business agility, and change management will gain the tools necessary to drive change in their respective organizations and workforces.

Training content

Develop a roadmap for leading the future of work in your organization as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Module 1

The current state of work: Challenges and opportunities

Module 2

The old social contract and the new world of work

Module 3

Partnering with the workforce to integrate new technology

Module 4

Managing work to benefit both labor and businesses

Module 5

Incorporating worker voice

Module 6

The future of work: Building a new social contract

Course delivery details


  • 6 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 6–8 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

Explore the opportunities and challenges arising from the future of work and earn an official digital certificate of completion from MIT Sloan.

This program also counts toward an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn upon completion of four programs where at least three of the four come from your chosen certificate track and at least one is completed in person. Find full details here.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A leadership toolkit, as well as insight into the challenges and opportunities of the future of work.
  • The knowledge to strategically integrate technology into your organization.
  • High-road business strategies to lead your organization into the future and empower your workforce.
  • A practical understanding of the role companies, employees, government, and society play in shaping a new social contract.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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