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Strategic Planning and Decision-Making: Powered by SAS(R)

  • Tuition USD $1,800 GSA  $1,496.22
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 1963 Ratings
  • Course Code BPDM
  • Duration 2 days
  • Available Formats Classroom

This course helps students learn how basic statistical techniques can be used to better inform strategic business and decision-making challenges. The focus of the course is to learn the key tools and tactics of a corporate strategist/strategic planner. However, woven into the course are key analytics, powered by SAS, that can enable strategists to be more data driven and objective in terms of options, pros/cons, recommendations, and contingency plans.

Skills Gained

  • Develop and/or assess large-scale projects or corporate strategies in terms of mission and vision statements (conceptual strategy) using data analysis to validate key focal points.
  • Conduct macro- and micro-market analyses of competitors, suppliers, customers, and other key players using statistical methods (analytical strategy).
  • Implement metrics and scorecards, while validating them with robust analytical tools, to support ongoing growth (operational strategy).

Who Can Benefit

  • Business managers with a basic statistical background (MBA is sufficient), as well as data analysts and statisticians who aspire to higher-level strategic planning positions, including those involving more significant investment/business decision-making, project planning, and large-scale program development and implementation


  • Before attending this course, you should have completed or have the equivalent working experience the of Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression course.

Course Details

Strategic Thinking and Planning: The Three Levels of Analysis

  • Framework for strategic thinking.
  • Conceptual strategy: mission, vision, and values.
  • Analytical strategy: assessing a competitive market.
  • Operational strategy: metrics, measurements, and planning.

Conceptual Strategy: Mission, Vision, and Values

  • Values and leadership.
  • Creating a compelling vision.
  • Aligning our mission and vision.

Analytical Strategy: Analyzing Key Market Participants

  • Market participants and forces at work.
  • Assessing variability in our market.
  • Competitive advantage – creating differentiation.

Operational Strategy: Monitoring and Measuring Success

  • Measuring and monitoring: the balanced scorecard.
  • Using scorecards to track progress.
  • Action planning: designing tasks tied to scorecard metrics.

Course Summary and Participant Examples

  • Course review: strategic thinking with analytics.
  • Common pitfalls of strategic plans.
  • Putting it all together: “strategy on a page.”
  • Discuss examples of real-world plans with analytics (from participants).

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

What does GTR stand for?

GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

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