Pitfalls and Best Practices in Decision-Making

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON 5:30 - 8:30 pm SRH 3.212

Evaluation Method

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This is an LBJ School course, cross-listed with the Law School. Contact LBJ if you have questions about how the course will be taught.

This one-credit, five-day graduate seminar examines decision-making from both a theoretical perspective and from its execution in practice.  The course introduces students to various models of decision-making; explores cognitive biases in decision-making; and examines how decision-makers often use — and misuse — historical analogies and lessons from history. The course also focuses on the concept of risk and decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty, as well as the effects of groups and bureaucratic politics on decisions. Drawn, in part, from the professor’s nearly six years on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House, the seminar will incorporate select examples from U.S. national security. That said, the theories, pitfalls, and best practices studied throughout the course also apply to business, public policy, and leadership decisions more broadly.

• Class #1: Monday, 21 August, 5:30-8:30pm CT• Class #2: Monday, 28 August, 5:30-8:30pm CT• Holiday: Monday, 4 September, Labor Day. No classes.• Class #3: Monday, 11 September, 5:30-8:30pm CT• Class #4: Monday, 18 September, 5:30-8:30pm CT• No Class: Monday, 25 September. Prep for Presentations & Papers. • Class #5: Monday, 2 October. Presentations & Papers Due. Final class.

Important Class Changes

Date Updated
08/17/2023 Room(s) changed