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The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset

Program Overview

Emphasizing the importance of long-term strategic decision-making, The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset program is designed to improve managers’ judgment and critical thinking skills using proven approaches, cutting-edge research, and behavioral economics.

Participants will understand the decision-making process from start to finish, with the ability to recognize cognitive biases that inhibit good decisions. This strategic decision-making program enhances participants’ capacity to make well-thought-out individual, group, and organizational decisions.

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Strategic Decision-Making Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Make decisions in a dynamic of 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

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Schedule a personalized consultation to discuss your professional goals:


November 14 - 17, 2017$8,600


May 15 - 18, 2018$8,600


Download the program schedule, including session details.

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Experience & Impact

In an uncertain business environment, a major challenge is being a decisive, strategic leader. The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset is designed to improve your judgment and guide you to think rigorously and critically.

Wharton faculty, led by Maurice Schweitzer, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help you broaden your perspective on how to influence, persuade, and make informed, strategic decisions without bias.

You will be exposed to new tools and actionable knowledge that will make an immediate impact on how you lead your organization.

Session topics include:

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

Through highly interactive lectures, exercises, and case studies, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, this deep dive into the art and science of decision making will enhance your effectiveness as a leader.

Participant Profile

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Who Should Attend

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 as a result of high levels of uncertainty, including telecommunications, financial services, and health care.

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific tools and frameworks they can use to enhance how they approach decisions across their organization.

Group Enrollment

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

Plan Your Stay


Maurice Schweitzer, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Academic Director

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

Research Interests: Decision making, deception and trust, negotiations

Cade Massey, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior

Katherine Milkman, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, The Wharton School

Kathy Pearson, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

Joseph Simmons, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Associate Professor, Operations and Information Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Judgment and decision making, experimental methods, consumer behavior

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