Management Decision Making

Courses designed to put theory into practice

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Three days 

What is it?

In this highly interactive course you will be introduced to the cognitive processes that underlie your own and others’ decision making. By reflecting on your own ways of thinking, you will be given strategies to improve your judgment in risky decision situations.

The programme will be co-taught by Dr Nicola Bown and Professor Alan Pearman.

Nicola is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology. Her research interests focus on psychological theory in personal and organisational contexts, with particular reference to applied decision making.

Alan is Professor in Management Decision Analysis. He has served earlier as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and as Pro-Dean for Research within the Business School. He trained as an econometrician and transport economist and his main interests are in decision making, risk and uncertainty, and project evaluation. His recent externally funded work has included projects for EPSRC, the European Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the UK Environment Agency, TotalFinaElf, British Nuclear Fuels Limited, and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.

This course is a module on our Executive MBA programme. However, the course is not formally assessed and is not credit bearing and, as such, does not lead to a qualification or institutional credit.

Who should attend?

Participants on the course need to have a minimum of 3 years' experience in a leadership or management role.  It is designed for middle and senior managers, from all sectors in small and medium-sized organisations.

What are the benefits?

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognise different types of errors in human judgement and decision making.
  • Understand how to overcome these biases.
  • Apply the practical learnings to workplace decision making.
Topics covered
  • Introduction to decision research.
  • Ways of improving judgement.
  • Structured approaches to decision aiding, decision trees, risk analysis, SMART and scenario planning.
  • Risk perception and risk communication. 

Full three-day programme

University of Leeds alumni 

Contact us

Vince Dispenza

For further information please contact Vince Dispenza, Director of Executive MBA, Executive Education


Tel: +44 (0)113 344 3910