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The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset

Sep 12, 2016 - Sep 14, 2016Philadelphia, PA$6,450
Apr 19, 2017 - Apr 21, 2017Philadelphia, PA$6,450

Program Overview

Decision making is at the heart of what organizations do. Managers must contend with high levels of uncertainty, multi-functional teams, and changing competitive landscapes. Besides making short-term tactical decisions, there is a growing need for long-term, strategic decision making.

The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset is designed to improve your judgment and guide you to think rigorously and critically. You will understand the decision process from start (the cognitive biases that inhibit good decisions) to finish (strategic execution of your decisions). You will develop your ability to make individual, group, and organizational decisions. Using a blend of cutting-edge research, behavioral economics, and tested approaches, the program provides deep and actionable knowledge that will make an immediate impact.

Impact & Experience

This program explores the best practices and behaviors that lead to good decision-making habits. You will learn how to effectively use critical thinking and gain a deeper understanding of the role personal judgment and emotions play in the decision-making process. This program will help you:

  • Make decisions under uncertainty.
  • Build adaptability into your decisions.
  • Provide the leadership to mitigate the effects of cognitive biases.
  • Understand the role of emotions and ethics in decision making.
  • Develop tools to improve individual and organizational decision making.

The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset program session topics include:

  • Understanding Individual Decision Biases
  • Advice Taking and Advice Seeking
  • Decision Making with Multiple Stakeholders
  • Strategic Agility: Building Adaptability into Decisions

Who Attends This Program

The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset is designed for executives who are moving from tactical to strategic roles and for those involved in cross-functional decisions. It is of particular benefit to organizations and industries whose decision-making approaches are shifting due to high levels of uncertainty, including telecommunications, financial services, and health care.

To further leverage the value and impact of The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.


  • Maurice Schweitzer, PhD

    Academic Director

    Cecilia Yen Koo Professor, Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Decision making, deception and trust, negotiationsSee Faculty Bio

  • Kathy Pearson, PhD

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; President, Enterprise Learning Solutions

    See Faculty Bio

  • Cade Massey, PhD

    Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: people analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behaviorSee Faculty Bio

Program Logistics

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact a member of the Wharton Executive Education Client Relations team for more information on course specifics and to discuss how this program can meet your professional development needs. Please contact them by email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.

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