Chief Operating Officer Programme

Be a future-ready COO with MIT xPRO

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Course Duration


36 Weeks, Online
5-6 hours per week

Course Fee


and get US$1,250 off with a referral application fee

“There is no perfect fit when you're looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.’’

– Sheryl Sandberg
Former COO of Meta Platforms (Facebook)
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This programme is open for enrolments for residents of India only.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Advantage


Private University



Nobel Prize Laureates


Turing Award Winners

Industry Trends

$710.0 billion

India’s digital transformation market is expected to reach $710.0 billion by 2024, registering a CAGR of 74.7%



of the candidates that were appointed as first-time CEOs in the last one year were from operations

Current COOs claim they wish they had identified their skill gaps earlier & had started preparing for the challenges before they took over as COO.

Here is what they wish they had learnt

  • Collaborate effectively with other functions
  • Better anticipate change
  • Communicate with all key stakeholders
  • Create a culture of operational & technological excellence
  • Motivate employees to cope with organizational changes
MIT xPRO’s 36 weeks Chief Operations Officer programme is here to help you navigate these challenges & use leadership frameworks build a path towards innovation & change.

Programme Highlights

36 Week in depth recorded sessions from MIT Faculty on leadership, business transformation & supply chain digitisation

Learn through case studies, examples, & exercises from renowned MIT faculty

Individualized feedback on assignments

Discussion boards to facilitate peer to peer learning

Get a certificate of completion from MIT xPRO

Understand how to evaluate AI solutions for organisational growth

Get a complete guide to creating a competitive advantage through digitization of supply chain

Weekly sessions with industry practitioners for doubt solving

Networking Event (Optional) A 2 day in person networking event on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts with peers from around the world*
* Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Drive change & execute initiatives at a team & organisational level to push forward your organization's long-term goals
  • Build cross functional teams with a drive for creating organisational change, high performance and interdepartmental support
  • Use innovative technologies to create sustainable business strategy to protect your organisation from disruptive trends
  • Understand how to strengthen your current organisational plans and how to create stronger growth plans keeping future opportunities & threats in mind
  • Be a data driven leader of business transformation by understanding the approach to implement tools, systems & processes

Who Is this Programme for?

  • New COOs who have technical expertise but want to improve their leadership skillset & understand how to run high performance technical teams
  • COOs who are in industries undergoing digitisation & innovative transformation who have to execute new initiatives to make current processes more optimal
  • HoDs, VPs, AVPs who are looking to become COOs in the near future and want to prepare themselves for the role and improve their leadership skills & be better prepared for the role
  • Chief Operating Officers and leaders in operations and supply chain in organizations responsible for Ideating and implementing processes to optimize the business operations b)Senior Managers, Directors and Vice Presidents in Operations and administration who want to take their career to the next level
Eligibility: Minimum 10 years of work experience is needed as of March 28, 2023

6 Pillars of being a COO

Programme Modules

    • Why is System Thinking a Success?
    • System Thinking – Computational Approaches & Supply Chain
    • Merging Organizational & Product Strategy
    • Managing Radical Innovation
    • Emergence of Radical Innovation
    • Leading with Radical Innovation
    • Complexities, uncertainty, and risks of Technical Projects
    • Future of Technology
    • Navigating Augmented & Virtual Reality
    • Supply Chain Transformation through Digitisation
    • Introduction to Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Robotics Fundamentals
    • Connective Technologies
    • Financial Shrewdness
    • Using Negotiation in Leadership
    • Balancing Power & Influence
    • Creating culture for High Performance Teams
    • Utilising Change Management
    • Networks
    • Simulation
    • Fundamentals of the Artificial Intelligence Design Process
    • Introduction to Machine Learning & Deep Learning
    • Intelligent Human-Computer Interaction Design
    • Using AI to solve problems
    • Practice & Research – the path to AI Design
    • Building Organizations with Artificial & Human Intelligence
    • Digital Transformation of Supply Chain
    • Supply Chain Excellence
    • Visibility into end-to-end supply chain
    • Modern Supply Chain Management Process & Practices
    • Maximize Data ROI using Analytics Tools for supply chains
    • Supply Chains transformation with AI
    • AI centric Solutions to Supply Chain Problems
    • Supply Chain Management Trends
    • Creating Future Ready Strategies
    • Building a sustainable, flexible & responsive supply chain
    • Digital Supply Chain Strategies & why they fail
    • Using Analytics & ML in Supply Chains

Note: Session topics are subject to change.

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Programme Faculty


Deborah L. Ancona

Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT School of Management

Hamsa Balakrishnan

William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT

Duane Boning

Clarence J. Lebel Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Faculty Member BRUCE G. CAMERON


Managing Director, MIT Machine Intelligence for Manufacturing and Operations (MIMO)

Edward F

Crawley Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT

Faculty Member D. FOX HARRELL

D. Fox Harrell

Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Faculty Member BRUCE LAWLER


Managing Director, MIT Machine Intelligence for Manufacturing and Operations (MIMO)

Faculty Member DAVID NIÑO


Faculty Director; Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager, Daniel J. Riccio Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership

Faculty Member RAY REAGANS

Ray Reagans

Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management. Professor, Work and Organization Studies. Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Faculty Member DANIELA RUS


Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Director, Auto-ID Labs Director, MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology

Faculty Member SANJAY SARMA


Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Programme Certificate

Programme Certificate

Upon successful completion of this programme , MIT xPRO grants a verified certificate of completion to participants.

Financing Options* Starting at INR 25,000/ Month

Option 1

Programme Fee: USD 12,500 (Approximately INR 10,00,000)
Maximum Loan Amount: INR
Tenure (months): 36
EMI/ month: INR 36,111

Option 2

Programme Fee: USD 12,500 (Approximately INR 10,00,000)
Maximum Loan Amount: INR
Tenure (months): 48
EMI/ month: INR 29,167

Option 3

Programme Fee: USD 12,500 (Approximately INR 10,00,000)
Maximum Loan Amount: INR
Tenure (months): 60
EMI/ month: INR 25,000

Also available in 12/ 18/ 24 months EMI plans.

The above EMI's are indicative and figures in INR are approx. this is subject to fluctuations in the dollar rate.
The EMI's offered by each of the loan providers might vary from the above figures, depending upon tenure and loan amount to be disbursed.
The loan partner will charge a 1-time conversion fee of 2% + GST & a processing fee of 1%+GST
Our Programme Advisors will help you with information on how to avail a loan from our loan providers.
*Applicable only for Indian residents.

Documents Required to Apply

  • Resume: with minimum 10 years of work experience as of March 28, 2023
  • Identification Documents: Any one of the following government issued photo ID proof:

    • PAN Card
    • Driving Licence
    • Aadhar Card
    • Passport
  • Domicile Certificate: Any one of the following documents:

    • Rental agreement only if it’s in the participant’s name
    • Utility bills only if it’s in the participants name, not more than 60 days old
    • Salary slip not more than 60 days old with the month of issuing, name & address of the employee mentioned
    • Letter from employer (Offer letter acceptable if less than 60 days old) on company letterhead mentioning - the location in India, employee’s name, address, date of joining and it should be signed & dated
    • Affidavit on notarised paper from participant confirming they are based in India
Registration for this programme is done through Emeritus. You can contact us at

This programme is open for enrolments for residents of India only.

The Learning Experience

What is it like to learn with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

More than 300,000 professionals globally, across 200 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded. All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes, the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner during the course period the cost of which is already included in the overall Course fee of the course.

A dedicated program support team is available 7 days a week to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.
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