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Executive Decision Making

Executive Decision Making | UC Berkeley Executive Education

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Nov 4—6
3 days
Berkeley, California, USA
USD 4900
USD 1633 per day


Organizations live and die on the decisions of their leaders. Every day, executives are called upon to make innumerable decisions – some mundane, some momentous. Some of these decisions will determine the very survival of their businesses or their own careers. This course will help participants make decisions that produce better outcomes for them and their organizations.

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Join the best decision scholars and teachers at the Haas School of Business. Faculty includes neuroscientists, behavioral economists, psychologists, and scholars of management. Learn about how your intuition guides you and the mind traps that can impair effective decision making. These traps can keep you from accepting vital data that contradicts what you think you already know. You'll leave with the tools to identify accurate, reliable information to make sound decisions that will position your business for success.

This program is a hands-on workout for your brain. You’ll use real-life examples, business case studies, and data from your own company to build your analysis skills and give you and your company a unique competitive edge. Course topics include:

Decision Mindtraps

  • Biases in judgment and decision making
  • Common problems with how people collect, analyze, and interpret data
  • Cognitive short-cuts that inhibit decision making
  • Short-term thinking that imperils your long-term interests

Turn Information into Effective Decisions

  • Distinguish between trivial and vital data
  • Using pre-mortems to anticipate and prevent future disasters
  • Synthesize and apply informative data to business decisions
  • Understand the relationship between sustainability and strategy

Key Takeaways

  • Acquire tools for making better decisions
  • Anticipate biases that get in the way of good decisions
  • Make effective decisions without fear in the face of risk and uncertainty
  • Understand how human decision biases create opportunities to influence people
  • Use the power of experiments to help you get the evidence you need for good decisions

Who should attend

Up and coming leaders who expect to be making decisions that impact the success of their functions or organizations

  • Senior Leaders
  • General Managers
  • Department Heads
  • Directors


Education PhD, Organization Behavior, Northwestern University MS, Organization Behavior, Northwestern University BA Magna Cum Laude, Psychology, Carleton College Positions Held At Haas since 2010 2016 – present, Professor, Management of Organizations Group, Haas School of Business 2...
Education Ph.D., Doctoral School of Organization & Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School MBA, International Business, University of Minnesota B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin Positions Held At Haas since 2014 2014 – present, Executive Director, Ber...
Professor Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., FRSC, is a world renowned cognitive neuroscientist, serial entrepreneur, and best-selling author. He is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Levitin helped to found an independent record label in 1982, 415 Records, servin...


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