Smart Decisions in Government and Business

29-31 January 2015

The ability to make effective decisions, design comprehensible decision processes and to understand and manage risk on issues in business and policy fields such as energy, infrastructure, health, education and others are crucial skills for managers, civil servants and public managers. More than 25 years of applications in decision and risk analysis have shown that building up decision capability enables you to

  • establish strategic priorities in programs and make more effective use of resources,
  • manage risk and uncertainty effectively,
  • deal with conflicting objectives,
  • gain commitment to the effective implementation of decisions by including internal and external stakeholders systematically in the decision processes, and
  • communicate more effectively with stakeholders about decisions and risks.

This course cuts across several of the most important decision areas which managers in the private and public sector face: allocating scarce program or project budgets in different business units or policy areas (e.g. R&D); making trade-offs between financial/economic, ecological and social objectives; transparently selecting contractors, e.g. in public tenders; developing recommendations for siting decisions; communicating health or environmental risks to the public.

After having completed this course, participants will have

  • learned applicable frameworks to structure complex decisions, involve stakeholders and manage risk effectively,
  • gained hands-on experience with relevant tools to aid resource allocation and option evaluation,
    understood issues in strategy development approaches that can result in smarter decisions and enhance performance of their organisation.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Public Sector Leadership and Management, the Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods, the Certificate in Intersectoral Management or the Certificate in Public Sector Innovation.


Dr. Gilberto  Montibeller
Dr. Gilberto Montibeller
Tenured Lecturer in Decision Sciences; Operational Research Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics
Cornelius  Schaub
Cornelius Schaub
CEO, DI Consulting GmbH

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times:

  • Day 1: 14:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 20:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1.490 | from September 2014 on: € 1.590

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. Terms and Conditions

Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Contact the EMPM & Open Enrolment Team

Robert Czech
Co-Head, EMPM & Open Enrolment | Recruitment and Admissions
Phone: +49 (0)30 - 259 219 -117

Participants' Feedback to the Seminar

"I really appreciated the experience and high standard of the convenors. They are dedicated [and] provide big knowledge and experience of the subject."

"The course provides […] an interesting perspective on how to think systematically and logically about complex decisions. This will no doubt be useful in my professional undertakings.

"The course was very interactive [and] interdisciplinary. It was very well structured and provided a lot of case examples."