Improve your personal and professional decision-making with a step-by-step guide to identify and address strategic flaws
6 weeks, excluding
7–10 hours per week,
Access to a unique LSE framework – the Decision Canvas™ – a step-by-step guide to approaching a decision, and a tool for consistently improving personal and professional decision-making.
The confidence to recognise blind spots in the decision-making process, such as your own cognitive bias and automatic judgements, and the structure to make more informed, bias-proof decisions.
Improved intuitive decision-making abilities, developed through highly interactive, collaborative, and experiential learning.
The skills to leverage the diversity, experiences, and insight of others in order to review a decision challenge from a different perspective and consider a wider range of resolutions.
This Decision-making: Judgements, Biases, and Nudges online certificate course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning.
Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is on you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.
Decision-making styles and approaches
Discover your decision-making approach to best leverage your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
Evaluating the quality of decisions
View the decision-making process through a rational lens to understand what drives a quality decision.
Judgements as decision drivers
Learn how to recognise and engage with judgements that may hamper decision-making.
Bias as an obstacle to successful decision-making
Discover how to differentiate bias from noise, error, and heuristics in order to make better decisions.
Recognise the types of debiasing techniques and their applications.
Designing decision architecture
Learn how to differentiate between types of nudges to construct better choice architecture.
* Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.
Dr Barbara Fasolo
Course Convenor and Co-Designer
Barbara is an associate professor of behavioural science in the Department of Management, as well as head of the Behavioural Research Lab and director of the executive master in behavioural science at LSE. She is an expert in choice processes and choice architecture, with her work appearing in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Annual Review of Psychology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and her work has been covered in media outlets, including the Harvard Business Review.
Barbara is a member of many panels and associations, such as the Department of Health Behavioural Insights Expert Advisory Panel, the Behavioural Science and Policy Association, the Society of Judgment and Decision Making, and the European Association of Decision Making.
Dr Umar Taj
Deputy Course Convenor and Co-Designer
Umar is currently a guest teacher on the executive master in behavioural science at LSE. He also delivers regular training and facilitation workshops, and has provided his services to over 50 global institutions. His interests lie in helping public and private institutions apply the latest insights from behavioural science to improve decision-making. His current projects span the domains of human resources, technology, health, finance, security, politics, education, and international development. Umar holds a PhD in behavioural science from Warwick Business School and an MSc in decision science from LSE.
Dr Claire Heard
Head Tutor and Course Contributor
Dr Claire Heard is an LSE fellow in management (decision science) in the Department of Management. She holds a PhD in psychology (2018; King’s College London). She is also an elected associate of King’s College (AKC), an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. Her main research interests focus on investigating risk communication, risk perception and decision-making, primarily within the public health and emergency response domains.
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