Complex Problem Solving for Business, with Radu Atanasiu

“Should we buy the software we need? Should we code it ourselves? What if it doesn’t work?” “How do we increase sales?” “Should I open a new restaurant?” “How should we internationalize?”

A good manager is a manager that solves such complex problems. In today’s business environment, more volatile and more unpredictable than ever, old recipes are less likely to solve new problems. However, the classic frameworks for decision-making and problem solving can provide managers with structure in tackling complex business situations, while new instruments like fast-and-frugal decision trees can fight complexity with simplicity.

This 2-day course provides participants with tools for business decision-making under uncertainty and for complex problem solving. Each method and each step of the process will be practiced hands-on, on a series of case studies, and on participants’ own situations.

SCHEDULE:

Friday: 14:00-21:00

Saturday: 9:00-16:00.

LOCATION: MsM Romania HQ, 99 Dacia Blvd, 3rd floor.

THE LECTURER

Radu Atanasiu is the MSM Romania Lecturer of Critical Thinking for Business. He teaches Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving for the Executive MBA, the Fast Track Management Program, and the Entrepreneurship Academy. Radu has also taught in Maastricht, for the MBA and MM programs of Maastricht School of Management.

Radu has taught the first massive online open course made in Eastern Europe, Critical Thinking – Reason and Fair Play in Communication (2014-2015), and had an international audience of tens of thousands of students. His new online course, Critical Thinking for Business, produced in cooperation with MSM, is hosted on the German platform iversity and can be accessed here: https://iversity.org/en/courses/critical-thinking-for-business, while his short online course on fallacies can be accessed here: https://iversity.org/en/courses/how-to-outsmart-bad-arguments-fallacies-abc.

Radu graduated as MBA from CEU Business School. His interest in decision making has led him to pursue a PhD in Business at ABRI/VU Amsterdam on the topic of managerial heuristics.

Radu Atanasiu has had several career paths and brought to fruition projects in diverse industries. Aside from teaching and studying, he is actively involved as angel investor in some promising start-ups like 2Performant, SmartDreamers, Evertoys, Tokinomo, and Critique Gaming, while also holding Critical Thinking workshops for companies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Participants will be better equipped to make good decisions in novel situations and to correctly diagnose and treat complex managerial problems. More specifically, they will:

  1. practice the correct use of basic decision-making tools like expected value, decision trees, weighted matrices, and fast-and-frugal trees;
  2. test the Vroom-Yetton model for establishing whether to involve the team in decision-making;
  3. learn to evaluate decisions based on more than their outcome;
  4. use different techniques for correctly diagnosing a problem;
  5. use brainwriting to generate a larger set of alternative solutions;
  6. use back-casting and pre-mortem;
  7. use simple rules and simplification in order to tackle complexity.

HOW ARE RADU’S COURSES?

Radu’s courses were some of the best I’ve attended during my MBA. I learnt to pay more attention to my thinking process and the errors of judgement in it. In running my business, the know-how has helped me overcome certain blockages I was struggling with for a while, so I have managed to grow both my business and my team, as professionals.

Cori Gramescu, Founder, LadyFIT

ENROLMENT

TUITION FEE: 380 eur
DISCOUNTS: 5% for 2 people, 10% for 3 or more from the same company; 10% for MsM Romania students and alumni, NRCC, Romanian Business Leaders and Erudio members.

To enroll in this program, please fill in this form. For more information, please contact our Program Manager, Laura Lazarescu, at  +40758.818.158 or laura@msmromania.org.