Certificate Program

Earn a Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management

The Strategic Decision and Risk Management (SDRM) certificate program provides executives and mid-career professionals with the concepts and advanced knowledge to make high-quality decisions and embrace risk and uncertainty for competitive advantage. The certificate is a recognition that you have the advanced skills to lead decision making in your organization.

SDG Decision Education Center is pleased to collaborate with The University of Texas at Austin to offer the SDRM Certificate.

  • Overview
  • Class List
  • Academic Council

The Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate from Texas Executive Education combines world-renowned faculty from The University of Texas at Austin and experienced practitioners from SDG to teach you leading-edge techniques and processes to manage risk and uncertainty and create innovative, measurably better alternatives. Enroll in an individual class or earn a customized certificate by completing six classes in topics such as strategy, decision making, leadership, innovation, and execution.


Required Course

Decision Quality:
Make the Right Choice Every Time

The key to making better decisions


Leading Strategic Decision Making

Drive the decision-making process in your organization


Other Courses

Decision and Risk Analysis

Analyze decisions that shape lives and organizations


Human Biases in Decision Making:
Avoiding the Traps

Identify and avoid decision-making traps


Modeling and Analytics
for Strategic Insight

Generate insights to guide strategic decision-making


Negotiation and Collaborative Decision Making

Create greater value in multi-party situations


Scenarios and Forecasting:
Planning for Uncertainty

Improve decision-making with enhanced forecasting


Muti-Party DQ:
Collaboration and Competition in Decision Making

Assembles concepts, tools, and skills for applying the DQ framework in multi-party situations


To maintain the high academic standards for decision and risk management curriculum in our university partnerships, SDG is assembling an academic council to guide certificate programs, chaired by Professor Ronald A. Howard of Stanford University, a founder of the academic field of decision analysis.


Ron Howard, Academic Chair
Professor, Management Science & Engineering
Stanford University

Dr. Howard has been at Stanford since 1965. His books on DA, probabilistic modeling, dynamic programming, and Markov processes serve as major references for courses and research in these fields. His experience as a practitioner ranges over numerous fields of application, including projects on investment planning, research strategy, hurricane seeding, and nuclear waste isolation. Dr. Howard is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the Operations Research Society of America’s Frank P. Ramsey Medal in 1986 and the first INFORMS Teaching of Operations Research/Management Science Practice award in 1998. In 2014, the Society of Decision Professionals named the Raiffa-Howard Award for Organizational Decision Quality in honor of Prof. Ron Howard and Prof. Howard Raiffa of Harvard University, who together are widely considered co-founders of the discipline in 1964.


Eric Bickel
Academic Director, SDRM Certificate Program
Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
The University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Eric Bickel is an SDG Fellow and an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), where he is Director of the Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, and Academic Director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate (SDRM) Program. Dr. Bickel also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and the Energy and Earth Resources graduate program.


Carl Spetzler
Strategic Decisions Group

Carl Spetzler has helped top business leaders over 40 years to create innovative new strategies that deal with the complexities of uncertainty and risk over long time horizons. Chairman of Strategic Decisions Group, he is the lead author of Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions (Wiley, 2016).




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