Course Detail

Managerial Decision Making (38002)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Hastie, Reid
  • Content
    This course is designed to make you a better decision maker. Good decision makers know how to recognize decision situations, then how to represent the essential structure of the situations, and how to analyze them with the formal tools from decision theory. But, perhaps more important, they need to be able to think effectively about the inputs into a decision analysis, whether to trust the analysis, and how to use the outputs to guide actions by themselves and their firms. And, maybe most important of all, they need to know how to make effective, unaided intuitive decisions, and to recognize the limits on their intuitive skills. This course will move back and forth between formal, optimal models and behavioral, descriptive models to help you understand and improve your native decision making abilities.
    Format
    • Lectures

    • Discussion

    • Case Studies

  • Prerequisites
    Business 41000 (or 41100). Cannot enroll in BUSN 38002 if BUSN 20702 taken previously.
  • Materials
    J.E. Russo & P.J.H. Schoemaker, Winning Decisions: Getting it Right the First Time. (OPTIONAL: M.H. Bazerman, Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. J. S. Hammond, R. L. Keeney, & H. Raiffa, Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions).

    Additional course materials will be posted in Canvas.
    Resources
    • Canvas Site Available

  • Grades
    Five essays, final examination, and class participation. Cannot be taken pass/fail. Will give provisional grades to non-Booth students, but not early final grades.
    Grades
    • Graded homework assignments

    • Graded attendance/participation

    Assessment & Testing
    • Midterm

    • Final exam (take home)

    Restrictions
    • No pass/fail grades

  • Syllabus
  • Autumn 2021Section: 38002-01F 8:30AM-11:30AMHarper CenterC01In-Person Only
  • Autumn 2021Section: 38002-02F 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC01In-Person Only
  • Autumn 2021Section: 38002-85S 1:30PM-4:30PMLocation: TBDRemote-Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: August 2 2021