Enhance your strategic decision making capabilities through a unique approach that recognises the value of analysis and intuition in making high quality decisions.

Decision making is a fundamental skill for any successful executive. But decisions at strategic level are hard to make. They require large amounts of resources and commitments which may be irreversible. They involve long-term consequences that are hard to predict. And, they require considering multiple, often conflicting, strategic objectives which are difficult to balance, particularly in the presence of risk and uncertainty.

Programme benefits:

During the course's highly interactive five days, participants will increase their strategic decision making capabilities on several fronts:

  • Learn a robust framework for analysing decisions with multiple objectives and uncertainties
  • Master decision modelling capabilities for representing complex strategic decisions
  • Develop decision software skills for supporting strategic decisions
  • Gain hands-on experience on modelling strategic objectives and value trade-offs, as well as uncertainties and risks
  • Learn how to assess the performance of strategies and choose high-value strategic options
  • Master the key principles of behavioural decision science
  • Learn how to better tackle decision problems that are hard to solve analytically, for lack of time, data, computational ability, or too much information
  • Become alert to systematic cognitive biases and traps that operate on individuals and groups and learn how to overcome them
  • Make better intuitive judgements in strategic decisions.

Course description

A step beyond the traditional

Traditional courses on strategy focus on environment analyses and a hyper-rationalistic prescription of generic positioning strategies. This approach, however, neglects that each organisation is unique, with its own strategic objectives, capabilities and strategic options – and that strategic decision making is at the core of any successful strategizing process. For these reasons our approach is focused, instead, on enhancing strategic decision making capabilities, recognising that both analysis and intuition are necessary for high quality decision making.

A unique approach

This unique executive course is designed to enhance your decision capabilities when confronted with strategic choices, when searching for decision opportunities, and when designing strategies – both in conditions where there is sufficient time to conduct analyses and when there is only time to choose intuitively. The course will improve your analytic and intuitive abilities to make strategic decisions under such tough conditions.

Course suitability

This executive course is suitable for:

  • Executives across every department of the organisation who are dealing, or are involved with, strategic decisions
  • Managers who will be in leadership positions in the future
  • Anyone dealing with important decisions, either in private or public organisations, as well as small enterprises.

What's included in the fee?

The fee for this executive course includes: all LSE tuition, course materials, daily lunches, coffee breaks, two complimentary networking events with fellow senior participants and full office support. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the five days.

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"I am of the view that theoretical knowledge combined with hands-on experience is the best mantra to be able to make strategic decisions. On the Executive Programme, a perfect amalgamation of the above mentioned factors were offered."

Team Lead, Siemens AG, Germany


Previous course participants include:

  • Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council
  • Accenture
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Campari Benelux SA
  • Carlsberg
  • Clifford Chance
  • Coca-Cola
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Danish Ministry of Culture
  • Dutch Healthcare Authority
  • Emirates Steel
  • Ernst & Young
  • European Central Bank
  • European Patent Office
  • Financial Services Authority
  • German Armed Forces
  • Google UK
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hiscox Insurance
  • HSBC
  • ING Insurance
  • Mastercard Advisors
  • Norges Bank
  • Petrobras
  • Prudential UK
  • Siemens AG
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • The Danish Building and Property Agency
  • The New Zealand Earthquake Commission
  • UN Environment Programme
  • UPS
  • Vale Manganese France


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