Strategic Decision and Risk Management

The Right Decision for Success

Successful decision-making processes are not intuitive. In order to make great, or even good, decisions under pressure, you need a structured framework. You must clarify the problem that needs to be solved, explore the available options, understand the impact of your decision, and commit to your choice with confidence.

The Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate provides you with the techniques to recognize risks from your stakeholders’ perspectives and innovatively generate better alternatives.

Enroll in an individual class or earn a customized certificate by completing six credits (two required core classes, at least two additional core classes, and up to two electives from the entire Texas Executive Education catalog).

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Two-day classes that make a lasting impact on your career

Texas Executive Education provided me with practical insight and application understanding of analytical tools supporting strategic decision-making. Making good decisions amidst complex arrays of sometimes contradictory business data can be extremely difficult, and Texas Executive Education teaches methods to provide greater insight and better decisions in those situations. The professors were very insightful and had personal experience with actual business applications, ensuring we understood both the theoretical foundation for the concepts, as well as practically how to apply them. I brought the techniques back to work and was able to immediately begin putting them into practice, as well as even for significant personal decisions!

-Jim Wright, Ph.D.

Program Management Executive
Aerospace Prime Contractor

Who Should Enroll

Decision-makers and those in decision-making and risk-management positions within their organization. It is recommended that attendees have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of work experience. Previous participants have represented companies including: Apple, Chevron, Cisco, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Genentech, Google, Intel, LinkedIn, NASA, Pfizer, Shell, Visa, and Walt Disney.

Core Class List

  • Decision Quality: Make the Right Choice Every Time (Required class)

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    Make smarter and more creative long-term decisions using appropriate frameworks, creative alternatives, and forecasting with ranges of uncertainty. Learn how to frame strategic choices, generate alternatives, develop credible forecasts, quantify uncertainty and judge the quality of a decision at the time it is made.

  • Leading Strategic Decision Making (Required class)

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    Drive the decision-making process in your organization. Achieve success by effectively diagnosing a decision situation, designing a clear approach, facilitating communication, and presenting compelling rationale to key decision makers.

  • Human Biases in Decision Making: Avoiding the Traps

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    Understand the ways in which your mind, personality, and social structures can degrade your decision-making. Acquire mental models and strategies that take these biases into account so that you can make more informed judgments and better decisions.

  • Negotiation and Collaborative Decision Making

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    A hands-on approach to enhancing your negotiation and collaboration capabilities, equipping you to drive better outcomes in challenging one-on-one and multi-party situations.  Develop sophisticated strategies and tactics that you can readily apply to pursue mutually beneficial solutions, while still achieving your own personal needs and objectives.

  • Modeling and Analytics for Strategic Insight

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    Learn how to develop financial valuation models and spreadsheets that deliver insight and clarity to decision makers. Create models that answer executives’ questions, produce compelling analyses, and ultimately gain commitment.

  • Decision and Risk Analysis

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    Explore the foundations of decision quality and how to use a rigorous analytic framework to make better decisions in your personal and professional life. Learn how to overcome the biases that degrade decision making. Use decision analysis to value information and data and apply these concepts to real problems from a variety of industries.

  • Scenarios and Forecasting: Planning for Uncertainty

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    Improve strategic decision-making with enhanced forecasting methods and by leveraging scenarios to foster insight.

  • Multi-Party Decision Quality

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    Assemble concepts, tools, and skills for applying the DQ Framework in multi-party situations.

Elective Class List

  • Strategic Management

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    Enhance your ability to set and reach strategic and economic goals by equipping yourself with methods and frameworks proven to be successful. Apply these techniques through a series of in-class simulations, case studies and current scenarios.

  • Data Analytics

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    Discover, analyze and forecast relationships among large data sets (“Big Data”). Acquire a solid fundamental understanding of statistical methods, using intuitive graphical approaches to explain and motivate regression and forecasting models.

  • Predictive Analytics

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    Evaluate data-driven business intelligence challenges and tools, such as data mining and machine learning techniques. Apply data-driven intelligence to improve decisions and estimate the expected impact on performance.

  • People Analytics: Leveraging Data to Improve Talent Management

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    ​People Analytics is different from the “human resources” practices prevalent twenty years ago.

Academic Director

Ethan R. Burris, Ph.D.
Eric Bickel, Ph.D.
Faculty Director

Dr. Eric Bickel is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Dr. Bickel holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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Additional Information

The Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate courses offered by Texas Executive Education combine The University of Texas at Austin’s academic and research depth with the decision and risk management expertise and track record of Strategic Decisions Group (SDG).

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Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) is a global consulting firm with expertise in strategic decision making, risk management and shareholder value creation. SDG’s collaborative approach helps clients find innovative strategies for today while helping them build decision competency for the future.

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