Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making

  • Make complex decisions by analyzing the risk and value of available options and mapping out a plan of action.

    • Forecast probable outcomes of choices in unstable environments, and quantify risks and rewards.
    • Hone your awareness of what matters to your bottom line, and transition from intuitive to data-driven thinking.
    • Learn to recognize your unconscious preferences, and practice using logic to make smarter, healthier and more profitable decisions.
  • Program Overview

    Learn through peer group workshops, real world scenarios, and personal development exercises how to: 

    • Use predictive models and forecasting tools to reduce uncertainty from high-stakes situations
    • Work with a team of experts in quantitative analysis, data optimization, consumption preferences, and bargaining and negotiation to lay out the method by which you can frame nearly every major decision you'll face in your executive career
    • Study the psychological and cognitive influences that affect both individual and team decisions and learn ways to circumvent your biases and minimize distractions

    Outcomes & Impact

    • Master the art of articulating the full range of available options, their consequences, and your response.
    • Learn to escape cognitive biases, decision traps and groupthink.
    • Build an outline of options to draw upon when making tough decisions alone or in teams.


    Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making counts as one credit toward a Certificate in Management. Complete this program and earn three additional credits in a four-year period to earn your certificate.


      This program is designed for leaders who need to make strong decisions amidst uncertainty and risk. It will benefit those who seek quantitative proof of the substance and merit of their choices.  It will be especially valuable for those responsible for the wellbeing of teams, departments and whole organizations.

      SDM participants


      Robert L. Carraway

      Associate Professor of Business Administration

      Kenneth C. Lichtendahl Jr.

      Associate Professor of Business Administration


      Darden School of Business
      100 Darden Blvd.
      Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

      As a participant in this program, accommodations and most meals are included in your program fee.