The Science and Practice of Decision Making

The Science and Practice of Decision Making
Leaders and managers across the UN system are entrusted with a
crucial role in policy making and programming processes: turning
discussions into action. Through decision making, UN staff can
trigger the beginning of implementation. This course offers
opportunities for UN staff with managerial responsibilities to
explore effective decision-making strategies and skills
On-line & Turin
2 weeks online + 3
days in Turin, Italy
29 April – 3 May
and 3 - 7 June ‘13
Workshop in Turin:
8 – 10 May ‘13
Course Description
USD 2,000
The programme will explore decision-making theory and practice for
individuals and in groups, fusing up-to-date knowledge on decision
science with UN realities. How does the human brain process
information? What perceptions and biases influence our thinking? What
role do emotions play? What are the best decision tactics, and how can
ethical decision making be encouraged? What are the different
behaviours of group members in the decision process, and what is the
role of decision implementation? How does UN staff approach decisions?
These are some of the questions discussed in the course.
Target Audience
This course is intended for UN staff interested in developing a better
understanding of decision making, and in applying relevant techniques
and tools. Suggested level: P4 and above
What will be covered include:
Introduction to decision science;
The individual in the decision process: the human brain,
perceptions and biases, emotions, and the role of framing;
Biological aspects of decision-making;
Decision making in groups
Types of decisions
Risky Choices / Risk assessment
Successful consultation
The UNSSC is a UN
system organization
established as an
internal partner to
develop effective
and innovative
solutions to our
specific challenges
by leveraging
internal and external
expertise. Being
part of the UN
system, we have
experience and
inside knowledge of
the specific
challenges faced by
UN staff. The
UNSSC partners
with renowned
experts, academic
institutions, UN
leaders and
agencies to develop
and deliver its
The ethics and accountability of decision making
Decision challenges and successes in our UN work
This course is delivered through a blended learning approach, combining on-line and face-toface activities. The course includes self-paced material, on-line discussions and
assignments, as well as live interaction with tutors and other participants in our virtual
No special software is required to participate. The face-to-face portion of the course revolves
around content inputs, experience sharing, and group work.
Prof. Jennifer Lerner, Harvard Laboratory for Decision Science and the
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA
Hans Graf von Sponeck, Former Assistant Secretary-General and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Germany
General Carlo Jean, Strategy expert, peace negotiator and writer, Italy
Dr. Ardawan Lalui, consultation expert, Lalui Leadership Development, Ireland
Enrolment type
Open for
registration to
interested staff
Tuition Fee
Open for
On-line & faceto-face course
2 weeks online
plus 3-day
USD 2,000
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