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 classes (two required core classes plus four additional core and/or elective classes in strategy, decision-making, leadership, innovation, and execution).

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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 (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.

  • Decision Quality Practicum (Required class)

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    Tailor your certificate to your industry by applying your decision quality knowledge to a complex decision problem from start to finish. Projects are drawn from a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to oil & gas, health care, high tech, energy, and life sciences.

  • Biases in Decision-Making

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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 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 Analysis and Value of Information

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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.

  • Leading Strategic Decision-Making

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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.

  • Value-Based Health Care Strategy

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    Many health care organizations are not properly designed to consistently measure and deliver value in the way patients and payors demand. Explore how new strategies, organizational models, and measurement approaches are improving value in health care delivery.

  • Scenarios and Effective Forecasting

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    Improve strategic decision-making with enhanced forecasting methods and by leveraging scenarios to foster insight. Discuss the mental and organizational biases that degrade the accuracy of forecasts.

  • Strategic Innovation and Design Thinking

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    Explore the role of creativity and apply the principles of design thinking to make better decisions. Learn how creativity applies to individual and team perspectives. Discover how innovation can power your organization’s strategies and business models.

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.

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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