Leading Strategic Decision Making

Achieve success by effectively diagnosing a decision situation, designing a clear approach, facilitating communication, and presenting compelling rationale to key stakeholders.

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Complex decisions, often involving many parties in disagreement, need leaders who can guide a team to a timely, effective resolution. Decision leaders play a specific role, guiding and facilitating decision makers, decision support teams, and other stakeholders. Building on the concepts of Decision Quality and the Dialogue Decision Process (DDP), this class teaches you how to lead a group to a decision. 

This class is available for university credit. Please contact Lynn Slattery at Lynn.Slattery@mccombs.utexas.edu or 512.471.5893 for more information.

Strategic Decision and Risk Management

Clarify problems, explore available options, develop a structured framework, understand the impact, and commit to your choice.

Two Day Concentrated Program

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and class runs 8:00 – 5:00 both days with a one-hour lunch.
Hybrid Options Available: In-Person or "Live" Online

Strategic Decision Professionals

Our partnership with SDG combines UT's academic research and SDG's real-world experience in decision consulting to create an unmatched learning experience.


  • Manage a group's interpersonal and organizational dynamics 
  • Guide dialogue among decision makers and project teams to produce a high-quality decision 
  • Effectively facilitate interactions at each step of the DDP
  • Identify what decision-makers will need to make the best choice in a challenging situation 
  • Discuss types of conflict and their potential effects on reaching a quality decision 
  • Select the best process for handling many types of decisions
  • Ensure your team is solving the right problem by how you guide them to frame and scope the issue
  • Identify the obstacles – organizational, analytical, and content – to good decision making
  • Lead the project team and decision board in productive dialogue and facilitate agreement and clarity of action
  • Gain insight into your own strategic leadership capabilities and areas for potential improvement

Special Features

  • The following information is for the On-Demand class ONLY:
  • This is a self-paced online course. You may register and begin the class at any time and you will have 60 days to complete the class.
  • You should expect to dedicate 18 to 22 hours to watch videos and complete assignments. At the end of each module, you will take a short quiz to assess your learning.
  • Once you have completed all modules, you will take the final exam. You are required to score 70% or higher on the final exam to pass the class and earn a credit for the course. You may take the final exam as many times as you wish until you pass.

Additional Information

Prerequisites:It is strongly recommended that you attend the Decision Quality: Make the Right Choice Every Time class prior to attending this class. Please call if you have questions: 512-232-9462.
CEUs: Participants earn 1.4 CEUs and/or 14 CPEs for this course. A certificate of completion will be presented from Texas Executive Education.
Course Credits: 1.0
Hotel Information: Texas Executive Education classes qualify for discounted hotel room rates at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on a limited basis. Discount code will be provided on the course materials page after class registration is complete.

On Demand Classes

This is a self-paced online course. You may register and begin the class at any time and you will have 60 days to complete the class.


Bruce Judd

Dr. Bruce Judd is Partner and Managing Director at Strategic Decisions Group. He helps clients develop internal capabilities to enhance the quality of their decision-making through a combination of on-the-job coaching, professional development and classroom work.

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Eric Bickel

Dr. Eric Bickel is a professor and director of the Operations Research & Industrial Engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management in the McCombs School of Business and is the Academic Director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management (SDRM) certificate program. He also directs the Center for Engineering and Decision Analytics (CEDA) and the Engineering Management program.

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Upcoming Sessions

Leading Strategic Decision Making

Price: $2,950.00


04/20/22 - 04/21/22

2- Days

Hybrid Option - AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center OR "Live" Online

Eric Bickel
Bruce Judd

On-Demand Classes Available.

Leading Strategic Decision Making (On-Demand)

Price: $1,295.00


On Demand



Bruce Judd
Eric Bickel