MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SmartOrg®, Inc., has announced that two of its co-founders, David Matheson and Jim Matheson, have joined the faculty of the DECIDE Certificate in Strategic Decision Making. They will teach the course Strategic Decision Making in Organizations, one of the four courses comprising the DECIDE certificate program.
The 2 ½ day course will present the skills and process for making strategic decisions within organizations. “Strategic Decision Making in Organizations is hard because the problems are usually complex, alternatives are numerous, and many people are involved with different interests and perspectives,” says David Matheson. “Yet good decisions that align people in a powerful direction can have huge impact.”
“Our focus in this course is on the practical application of strategic decision making,” Jim Matheson adds. “Participants will learn how to identify strategic goals, conceive of possible ways to achieve them, focus on the path with the best balance of risk and return, and craft an action plan to implement the strategy.”
The DECIDE Certificate in Strategic Decision Making offers an opportunity for business leaders and managers to develop advanced skills in quality decision making and ethical leadership. In addition to Strategic Decision Making in Organizations, the certificate program includes three other courses taught by leaders in the field of decision science:
- Foundations of Decision Analysis
- Value-Focused Thinking
- Ethical Considerations in Enterprise Decision Making
Foundations of Decision Analysis and Value-Focused Thinking will be offered in May 2017. Ethical Considerations in Enterprise Decision Making and Strategic Decision Making in Organizations will be offered in June 2017. For more information on the program and to register, visit the DECIDE program webpage.
About the Instructors for Strategic Decision Making in Organizations: David and Jim Matheson are authors of the bestselling book, The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R & D (Harvard Business School Press). Both have helped senior management teams from some of the largest corporations in the world to improve their results from strategy, portfolio management, product development, innovation, R&D, and capital investment.
David is an expert at measuring value and managing uncertainty. He routinely presents at product innovation and portfolio management conferences. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, and he is a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals.
Jim is a world recognized leader in the development and application of decision analysis. In recognition of his career, he was awarded the Ramsey Medal, the highest honor in the field of decision analysis. In addition to his professional practice, Dr. Matheson has been a Consulting Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University since 1967. He holds a BS from the Carnegie-Mellon University, an MS and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and is a Fellow of INFORMS and of the Society of Decision Professionals.
About SmartOrg, Inc.: Founded in 2000 and privately held, SmartOrg’s strategic portfolio evaluation platform and associated services align innovation and finance to overcome conflict and drive breakthrough growth. SmartOrg’s software has been used by companies in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, engineered materials, consumer products, and agriculture. To learn more about SmartOrg, visit www.smartorg.com.
About DECIDE at USC: The Center for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Ethics (DECIDE), jointly housed in USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Price, Sol Price School of Public Policy, accomplishes its mission through an integrated approach that involves research, education, and outreach, and the inclusion of leaders in the fields of decision-making and ethics with an emphasis on large-scale societal problems and technological innovation.