Executive Education

Strategic Decision Making

Think strategically and make better decisions

Many executives report that making decisions is one of their biggest professional challenges. This workshop examines the art and science of strategic decision making. Learn how to identify the most strategically important dimensions on which to ground your decisions, and find your best options. Practice proven techniques for making better strategic decisions in the face of complexity, uncertainty and conflicting objectives.

Strategic Decision Making

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Middle to senior-level leaders who are responsible for making complex decisions in their organizations.

  • Analyze the problems you wish to resolve, and link decision-making issues to strategic goals
  • Articulate your corporate strategy, to ensure your team keeps moving in the right strategic direction
  • Make strategic decisions involving multiple goals and stakeholders
  • Perceive your environment from multiple angles to discover strategic options and predict consequences
  • Structure your strategic planning with a systematic decision analysis and problem-solving framework
  • Avoid unconscious biases and common decision-making traps that lead to fallacious reasoning and unfavorable outcomes
  • Improve the efficiency and quality of team decision making, without sacrificing consensus

Putting the “Strategy” into Strategic Decision Making

  • Strategy, vision and values-based decision making; advocacy vs. inquiry
  • Translating corporate strategy into day-to-day decisions
  • Managing conflicting objectives

Frameworks for Improving Decision Making

  • Characterizing risk and opportunity; quantifying goals and identifying alternatives
  • Decision-making tools and techniques
  • Scenario building and strategic planning

Decision Biases and Traps

  • Cognitive processes, intuition vs. analysis
  • Identifying your own decision style and control of biases
  • Group decision making and group decision traps

Special features

This workshop combines case studies, group activities and simulation to explore the concepts and tools of strategic decision making. You will apply what you are learning to your own strategic decisions, and you’ll receive worksheets and guides for making better strategic decisions back at your organization. 

Dr Steven Minns

Dr. Steven Minns


Steven is a faculty member in the Strategy and Business Economics Department at the UBC Sauder School of Business. His interests include business strategy, innovation, decision making and public policy. Formerly he was Head of Project Management at Taylor Woodrow, an international development and infrastructure construction firm with operations throughout Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East.

Upcoming sessions

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Jun 28 - 29, 2023
$2195.00 + tax (5%)



8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

UBC Robson Square
Dec 11 - 12, 2023
$2195.00 + tax (5%)



8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

8:30am – 4:30pm in Vancouver, BC

UBC Robson Square

Participating organizations

Success stories

"This program opened my mind to the multiple moral and business values that influence strategy every day. By harnessing the power in that value frame, we can guide and align decisions throughout the organization."
“This program teaches skills that can be applied immediately on the job. Learning not only from top-notch educators, but also from peers from various backgrounds, enhances the experience.”

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