Rice Business Executive Education


Upcoming Date(s): Coming Soon

Tuition: $2,900/course or $13,000/certificate for the five-courses total and earn the Graduate Leadership Certificate. Tuition includes class materials and daily breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Overview: Leaders are consistently charged with developing winning strategies and making high stakes decisions, but most are unaware of the cognitive biases and powerful emotions that often undermine strategic decision making and critical reasoning. Career success is often linked to competency in decision making. By identifying the most common biases, pitfalls and distortions in strategic decision making and critical reasoning along with the preventative and proactive measures associated with making strategic decisions, you will be equipped to successfully address high-stakes business challenges.

This two-day course is for leaders at all levels.


  • Understand typical decision traps 
  • Understand the core elements of individual and group reasoning for decision making strategies in business
  • Increase ability to identify unconscious bias via role playing and personal assessment
  • Learn how to balance constructive conflict and collaboration to enhance program decision making
  • Improve decision process through a “decision register” to uncover factors that make your decision process vulnerable
  • Learn to manage technical and commercial risk and uncertainty, and project evaluation
  • Learn to make good decisions under pressure
  • Brand yourself, your team and your organization as sound decision makers

Your Professor:

Vikas Mittal, Ph.D. J. Hughe Liedtke Professor of Marketing

All Executive Education faculty are award winning professors who teach full time in the MBA and EMBA program at Rice Business and have extensive business or consulting experience. Read more about Professor Mittal’s research at Rice Business Wisdom, our online ideas magazine with clear, practical translations of faculty research that will change the way you think.

Cancellation Policy: Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a six percent administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.

It is expected that participants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.


Zoran Perunovic

Director, Executive Education
Vikas Mittal

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management – Marketing