Most decisions are being made without the direct support of Decision Professionals — at least at the time that these decisions are being considered. To bring DQ to such decisions, DQ skill has to reside in the Decision Makers and/or be embedded in the processes and tools that support the Decision Makers. Taken together, these decisions are of great importance and without DQ result in an immense opportunity loss of value. We will explore how DQ is best brought to these decisions and the role of Decision Professionals as teachers, decision process and tool designers, and as change agents.
David Matheson, SmartOrg
A co-founder of SmartOrg, David Matheson has helped the senior management teams from some of the largest product manufacturing corporations in the world to improve their results from portfolio management, product development, innovation, R & D, capital investment and strategy. David is co-author of the bestselling book, The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R & D (Harvard Business School Press). He is a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals. His Ph. D. is from Stanford University where he teaches Strategic Portfolio Management at the Stanford Center for Professional Development and is known for providing strategic guidance to up-and-coming innovators and decision analysis professionals.
Carl Spetzler, Strategic Decisions Group (SDG)
Carl Spetzler works with top management and boards of directors to improve the quality of corporate decisions. As chairman and CEO of Strategic Decisions Group, he has led numerous client engagements and executive seminars on strategy development, risk management, and decision processes. He is the lead author of Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions (Wiley, 2016). Dr. Spetzler is program director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management certificate programs at two leading universities. He is a Life Trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology and chairman of the not-for-profit Decision Education Foundation. In 2004, he received the Ramsey Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS for lifetime contributions to the field. He is past president and a fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals.