MGT-487 / 2 credits

Teacher: Chevallier Arnaud

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remark: Cours donné sur le campus IMD


Summary

As a professional and eventually an executive, you will face a variety of complex problems that require you to think strategically. This course enables you to develop your strategic thinking by giving you a step-by-step process and actionable tools applicable to any complex challenge.

Content

Keywords

strategy

strategic thinking

decision-making

problem solving

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Establish a comprehensive problem-solving approach
  • Restate the perceived problem in a synthetic frame
  • Analyze the root causes of the problem and update the frame accordingly
  • Construct a clear map of the set of potential solutions
  • Structure the analysis of the potential solutions
  • Decide which solution offers the best tradeoffs
  • Synthesize the analysis in a compelling argument

Transversal skills

  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking

Teaching methods

This course uses a mix of flipped lectures (videos), class discussions, and projects

Assessment methods

Class participation, including contributions to help others and comments on reading assignments -€“ 20%

Frame and diagnostic analysis -€“ Exercise 20%

How map -€“ Exercise 20%

Decision matrix and analysis -€“ Exercise 20%

Final report - Exercise 20%

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

Chevallier, A. (2016). Strategic thinking in complex problem solving. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press.

 

 

Websites

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 32
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Complex problem solving in organizations
  • Lecture: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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