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Workshop on Strategic Decision Making in Turbulent Times for Directors

This one-day workshop on strategic decision making will be presented by Dr Simon Haslam, the Institute of Directors’ Programme Lead for Strategy. 

The workshop is based on the book ‘Strategic Decision Making: A Discovery-led Approach to Critical Choices in Turbulent Times’ written by Dr Simon Haslam and Dr Ben Shenoy, published by Kogan Page in 2017.

What do I gain from this workshop?

  • An understanding of the main reasons why strategic decisions go wrong
  • An appreciation of the limits of classic strategy models and how today’s turbulent times have changed strategy
  • Insight into the psychology and biases at work in decision making, and how to mitigate against their effects
  • An exploration of ‘discovery led’ approach to strategic decision making, the recommended approach for strategic decision making in contemporary organisations
  • A checklist of ideas for individual leaders and their organisations to help improve strategic decision making


  • Strategic decisions in reality – examples from the field
  • Why classic strategy models have limits
  • ‘Top down’ and ‘Middle out’: the two types of strategic decisions
  • Biases and heuristics in decision making
  • ‘Discovery-led’ decision making: the three parts and the process
  • Implications for directors
  • Implications for organisations

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment. Cancellations will be accepted if received in writing by Monday, 29th January 2018. However, there will be a 50% cancellation charge. All fees are forfeited thereafter. Workshop fees are also non-transferrable. 


IoD workshops may be eligible for CPD, including Chartered Director CPD, please check with your relevant professional body. IoD workshops are admissible as part of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) CPD Scheme and would count towards “Active” learning. Workshops may also be eligible for CPD with Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland and the Institute of Banking. Please check with your relevant professional body or contact Sheila Byrne at 01 411 0010 for further information.

05 Feb
Dr Simon Haslam , Strategy Consultant
09:00 - 16:30
€395 ex VAT IoD members / €455 ex VAT non-members
Irish Management Institute, 16 Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16
Places Available

Dr Simon Haslam

Strategy Consultant

Dr Simon Haslam has over 20 years' experience as a strategy consultant. He is Programme Lead for Strategy at the Institute of Directors. Simon co-owns Glasgow-based FMR Research Ltd, and holds two non-executive director positions. He is a Visiting Fellow at Durham University Business School, where he leads the Strategic Management module on the MBA and is a double-finalist in the CMI/Institute of Consulting UK ‘Consultant of the Year’ awards (Runner-Up in 2011). His clients include award winning public, private and third sector organisations.



Workshop material is prepared by presenters and produced by the IoD wholly and exclusively for use by workshop participants. Please note that workshop material is provided in hard copy to all participants. We regret that requests for additional or soft copies of material cannot be accommodated.