Spring 2020 - 58481 - PA 188L - Advanced Topics in Management | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Spring 2020 - 58481 - PA 188L - Advanced Topics in Management

Pitfalls and Best Practices in Decision-Making

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 decisionmaking;
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 effect of leaders, bureaucracies, and groups on
decisions. Drawn, in part, from the professor’s nearly six years on the National Security Council
(NSC) staff, the seminar will incorporate select examples from U.S. national security (including
one case study that will be analyzed using multiple theoretical lenses over the duration of the
seminar). However, the theories, pitfalls, and best practices studied throughout the course also
apply to business, public policy, and leadership decisions more broadly.

M 5:30PM to 8:30PM
SRH 3.124