Strategic Thinking & Decision Making

Learn to evaluate position and evidence, assess opportunities, overcome decision traps, and plan strategic action to drive results.

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Program Content

Aware or not, leaders regularly make decisions on behalf of their organizations; where to commit resources, when to take action, and how to set precedents. Good decision making requires analyzing complex opportunities and problems, considering alternative points of view, and formulating well-reasoned arguments.

Strategic Thinking & Decision Making teaches individuals how – and when – to use, interpret, and evaluate evidence, assess opportunities, identify critical issues, and articulate practical courses of action. Participants examine intuitive decision-making processes and discover common decision traps or failures of reasoning that impact decision quality. These include biases, mental short-cuts, and short-term thinking.

Throughout this program, you will hone your strategic thinking abilities when facing hard decisions. You will gain awareness about practical approaches to individual and group decision-making, and improve your ability to make sound choices that position your organization for success

Who Should Attend?

This program was designed for leaders across different levels or departments of any organization who wish to increase their decision readiness and confidence.

Participants commonly include individuals in Director, VP, and C-suite roles.

What You Learn

At the end of the program, participants walk away with the skillset for:

  • Evaluating evidence and structuring decisions to improve decision quality
  • Recognizing and mitigating decision traps and failures of reasoning
  • Devising group decision processes that enhance decision quality and acceptance
  • Making strategic decisions when facing risk and uncertainty
  • Modelling strategic foresight in one’s context and for one’s organization

How You Learn

This program is delivered virtually over three weeks for a total of 18 commitment hours.

The Ivey Academy is a centre for innovation in executive development – blending contemporary academic research with practical, case-based, experiential learning and real-world expertise. Participants come away with actionable business insights and access to a network of alumni that supports continuing individual growth.

We design and deliver virtual programs to achieve the same outcomes through highly interactive live sessions, small peer-learning groups, executive coaching, online simulations, and self-paced learning journeys.

Self-paced Learning Activities

Prepare for live sessions using pre-recorded videos, readings, and case-studies – delivered at a flexible pace through our Canvas learning management system. Discuss ideas with your peers via a private forum and complete guided self-reflection exercises to help apply key takeaways in your own role.

Live Faculty-led Sessions

Join live sessions featuring expert Ivey faculty using any computer or mobile device. With the help of a live technical director, we also call on the group to participate in real-time.

Peer Learning Sessions

Virtual learning technology allows faculty to assign instant breakout groups during a larger session. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate to solve challenges together with your fellow participants.

Simulations & Roleplay

Simulations teach the application of concepts in critical decision-making moments, requiring participants to apply leadership skills and navigate team dynamics – just like in real life. You’ll play out complex scenarios on accelerated timelines, choosing to follow or ignore new data, information, and advice. Following the simulation, faculty debrief the ideas and concepts involved in the simulation, working in concert with other leaders to find actionable takeaways for your organization. 

Program Faculty

Mazi Raz

Mazi Raz


Laurel Austin

Laurel Austin


Session Dates

Module 1

Monday, April 17, 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Module 2

Wednesday, April 19, 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Module 3

Monday, April 24, 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Module 4

Wednesday, April 26, 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Module 5

Monday, May 1, 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Module 6

Wednesday, May 3, 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Online Learning

Live Virtual Session

Program Fees

$2,990 CAD

Program fees are tax exempt.