Executive Decision Making

Executive Decision Making | Go Inside the Program

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 program will help participants make decisions that produce better outcomes for them and their organizations.

Take Charge of Information

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. Program 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 

Join the best decision scholars and teachers at the Haas School of Business. Faculty includes neuroscientists, behavioral economists, psychologists, and scholars of management. In addition to Faculty Director Don Moore, Robert Strand, Ned Augenblick and Juliana Schroeder will be bringing their expertise in sustainability, economic behavior and managerial & organizational behavior to the program. 

Robert Strand studies corporate social responsibility and heads the Haas Center for Responsible Business. His teaching explores the philosophical and ethical issues inherent in good decision making. Good decisions consider not only the consequences for the decision maker but also the broader consequences to others, the community, the environment, and the world.  Strand explores the role of sustainability in the exercise of leadership and corporate strategy.  

Ned Augenblick is trained as a behavioral economist. He teaches the fundamental principles of economic behavior and how we ought to make decisions if we were perfectly rational. He provides key insights into comparing different alternatives that vary in qualitatively different ways and how to assess risky and uncertain alternatives. These lessons guide the way toward making more effective decisions - decisions that will help you get more of whatever it is you value. 

Juliana Schroeder is trained as a psychologist who focuses on managerial and organizational behavior. Her lessons on group decision making offer guidance for making the most effective use of teams and groups. She identifies some of the group biases and coordination losses that plague collaboration in groups and shows the way to addressing these problems increasing the rationality and success of decisions made in teams. Teams can be wiser and more productive than individuals, but that depends on structuring their work and their interaction in the right way. 

For 2019 dates, please email executive@berkeley.edu to be added to our information list.

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 

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Program Director
Don Moore
Professor, Haas School of Business
Don Moore is the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Professor of Communication and Leadership at the Haas School of Business, and a member of the Management of Organizations group. Prior to Haas, Don served on...
Program Director
Robert Strand
Executive Director, Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business
Dr. Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business and a faculty member of the Berkeley Haas School of Business.  He is also Assistant Professor of...
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Program Director
Juliana Schroeder
Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business
Juliana Schroeder is a professor in the Management of Organizations group at the Haas School of Business. She is a faculty affiliate in the Social Psychology Department, the Cognition Department, and...
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Program Director
Ned Augenblick
Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business
Ned Augenblick is a professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group in the Haas School of Business. His focus is "behavioral economics," which is the incorporation of psychological insights into...