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The New Growth Playbook (Online Academy)

Transform your business model with platform thinking

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Realise the potential of platform-based business models to create a new and more sustainable way to grow in the digital economy

Course Overview

The New Growth Playbook™ is a high impact online learning programme for senior executives and their teams who are tasked with or involved in driving new growth and value for their organisations.

Platform-based business models outperform all others. They deliver the greatest value to customers, partners and shareholders. But few business leaders today have an in-depth understanding of how they work and how best to incorporate them into their operations. This programme explains in detail how and why to do so from a strategic, technical and operational perspective.

Online Course

Online: 5th Nov 2020



Programme at a Glance

Today, the world’s five most valuable companies are digital native organisations with one thing in common: all are built on ‘platform-based’ business models.

Financial investment has flooded to this new type of business model and 60% of the $1bn+ ‘Unicorns’ (Uber, AirBnB, Didi, etc) operate in this way, disrupting multiple industry sectors.

The focus of this programme is on helping senior executives and their teams incorporate advanced digital business models*, such as platform business models that move the needle in terms of customer and shareholder value.

The programme features brand new financial analysis of hundreds of companies across sectors to answer questions including:

  • How can platform business models help create new and more sustainable ways to grow in the digital economy?
  • Why and how have companies with advanced digital business models rapidly overtaken traditional incumbents in growth and value?
  • How can traditional incumbents can adopt platform models to create a better business model mix to positively impact their value to customers and shareholders?

Programme Highlights

Best practice education method


The Playbook is presented using best practice educational methods by SIMON TORRANCE, a leading expert on business model transformation and a senior independent advisor to boards and leadership teams around the world. The content is supported by current commercial data (from firms including Gartner and McKinsey & Company), a large-scale analysis of the financial performance of 1000 listed companies, case study examples, and practical next step actions based on extensive research into global best (and worst) practice.

Featuring unique case studies


Digitisation negatively impacts growth and profitability of companies with traditional business models. Learn why a bold, holistic platform-based strategy is key for all companies.

The course not only looks in depth at the dominant platform businesses like Amazon and Apple, but also includes the most instructive case studies from around the world, including Houzz, Toyota, FNAC, Naspers, Softbank, Twilio, Recruit Holdings and Ping An.  

Led by World Economic Forum member, Simon Torrance


Simon is a member of the World Economic Forum’s World Economic Forum’s Digital Platforms & Ecosystems Working Group, a senior independent advisor on business model transformation and runs one of world's largest communities of experts in the field of platform-based business models.

He regularly works with leading universities to advance our knowledge on business model transformation, and has consulted on business model transformation for over a decade.


Module 1

The New Growth Agenda

How to re-think sources of growth and value in an increasingly digital economy

Module 2

Platform, Network and Ecosystem

How (exactly) platform-based business models exactly work and how to implement them

Module 3

Business model pioneers

Industry leading case studies and examples from around the world

Module 4

The New Hybrid Business Model Portfolio

How to re-allocate capital towards a better mic of business models

Module 5


How to kick start a business model transformation

Why choose this course?

Course Benefits

  • Explore which business models deliver the best performance
  • Understand how to implement a platform powered ecosystem strategy
  • Gain key insights on how and why to relocate capital and resources
  • Overcome barriers to business model transformation
  • Renew your organisations ability to thrive in the digital economy

Who is it for?

This programme is aimed at senior executives and their teams involved in digital transformation, corporate strategy, strategic marketing, product development, leadership development or corporate finance.

Programme modules

  • The New Growth Agenda
  • Platform, Network and Ecosystem
  • Business Model Pioneers
  • The New Hybrid Business Model Portfolio
  • Renew for Consistency

Learning outcomes

Benefits for professionals

  • Gather key insights from instructive case studies  
  • Understand how to implement a platform powered ecosystem
  • Develop the skills, tools and metrics to implement an innovative business models
  • Learn how to overcome the barriers to business model transformation
  • Engage with other executives and senior consultant, Simon Torrance.

Benefits for your organisation

  • Gain an understanding of where your business sits in the digital ecosystem
  • Utilise corporate examples of successful business models 
  • Drive new customer value and increased shareholder returns
  • Learn when and how to relocate resources using a new hybrid business model
  • Renew your organisations ability to thrive in the digital economy

Programme Video

Simon Torrance, senior consultant and member of the World Economic Forum’s global agenda council, has developed this brand new online video programme which has been delivered to senior management teams of some of the world’s most dominating businesses.

The focus of this programme is on helping senior executives incorporate advanced digital business models* that move the needle in terms of customer and shareholder value.

Select Your Package

Option 1: Programme + forum support

  • 5 months' access
  • Downloadable materials
  • Personal support via forum
  • Price: £900 + VAT

Option 2: Programme + 1:1 consultancy

  • 5 months’ access
  • Downloadable materials
  • Up to 2 hours 1-to-1 Virtual-Consultancy with Simon Torrance
  • Price: Contact Us

Option 3: Enterprise package

  • Group access
  • Downloadable materials
  • Virtual or face-to-face support session with Simon Torrance as agreed
  • Price: Please contact us for your bespoke package