Quantitative Intuition™: Making Smarter Decisions

at Columbia Business School - Morningside Heights

Course Details
$6,550 3 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Sep 30, 8:30am - Oct 02, 5:30pm Eastern Time (3 sessions)

Morningside Heights, Manhattan
3022 Broadway Uris Hall
Btwn W 116th & W 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 25

What you'll learn in this decision making training:

Quantitative Intuition™: Making Smarter Decisions with Imperfect Information

On any given workday, business leaders are faced with an ongoing and billowing stream of data and information. Every day, they and their team are required to make hundreds to thousands of business decisions.

Often these decisions are made based on "business as usual" rather than an insightful decision based on a combination of new and existing insights gather and synthesized. The challenge then is: How can executives decipher the meaningful information from the clutter? How can they ensure that they make an impact for their business against the flush of information washing over them?

The popular answer often is to improve the analytical skills and tools of your team. But with a shortage of data analysts, the challenge is actually for executives to learn how to gather more insights beyond their data science teams and to improve their ability to quickly extract, compile, and synthesize pieces of imperfect information from the plethora of data available.

In Quantitative Intuition: Making Smarter Decisions with Imperfect Information, participants acquire the tool set to make bold decisions with incomplete information via precision questioning and business acumen driven by pattern recognition.

This quantitative intuition™ framework – developed exclusively by the faculty directors of this program – teaches participants how to develop a parallel view of the issues that matter rather than just a logical sequence of thoughts to see the situation as a whole. Walk away from the program with the competencies to help you make smarter decisions under uncertainty.


The program enables executives to acquire the skills needed to develop quantitative intuition, toppling conventional wisdom that you need to be a numbers whiz to make sound, fact-based decisions.

Program participants will:

  • learn how to gather, understand, and find value in data across the business continuum
  • become proficient in extracting meaningful insights
  • develop a set of pragmatic communication techniques
  • return to your organization with the competencies to make more informed decisions and lead change

An important aspect of the program involves getting hands-on experience with data-driven decision making through multiple practical exercises, allowing participants to immediately apply the concepts upon their return to the organization.

This is not a program about data analysis software tools. Rather, participants will learn to formulate critical business questions to effectively frame issues, make better decisions, and drive their organization's strategy forward.

Program Structure

The program is taught workshop style using a combination of lectures, guest speakers, simulation via an immersion experience tool, and in-class exercises. Throughout the program, the participants will work on a group project that will provide an opportunity to integrate the steps in developing quantitative intuition discussed in the program. Program sessions will be devoted to exploring the material through analysis of cases and applying the concepts to real-world situations.

The program involves three components:

Precision Questioning
  • Understand your biases
  • Discover why asking the right questions can lead to more successful decisions than having the right answers
  • Learn how to ask data-driven questions

Pattern Recognition

  • Learn how to evaluate data integrity
  • Disentangle the squiggly line from a meaningful pattern
  • Consider customer needs
  • Master the art of guesstimating – the Fermi method

Parallel Processing and Delivery

  • Pinpoint actions and growth opportunities
  • Create richer data-driven dialogue
  • Understand the difference between summary and synthesis
  • Utilize effective data visualization and 3D Storytelling

AI and QI
In a world where analytics and artificial intelligence are part of almost every business, one program session is also entirely devoted to the implications for executives of making decisions and managing talent in the field of artificial intelligence, or AI.

Participant Profile
The course is designed for executives of all levels in all facets of business (e.g. consulting, marketing, strategy, product management, and finance) who wish to equip themselves with pragmatic skills to be successful leaders and business drivers in our data-driven world through precision questioning and quantitative intuition™.

Admissions Qualifications:
Successful candidates should have managerial experience and responsibilities matching a program’s “Who Should Attend” or “Participant Profile” description. All registrations are subject to approval by Columbia Business School.

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Refund Policy
Notification of withdrawal must be sent in writing to CourseHorse. Full refunds can be obtained up to 30 days before the program start date. Due to the costs incurred for program preparation and administration, any cancellations or requests for transfers or deferrals received 30 days or less from the program start are subject to penalty fees as described below. 
  • More than 30 days notice: 0% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • 14 to 30 days notice: 30% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • Less than 14 days notice: 50% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
Columbia Executive Education, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit enrollments regardless of acceptance status. Individuals who have paid tuition but who are deemed ineligible to participate due to such enrollment limitations will receive a refund.

Requests must be submitted in advance to Columbia Business School Executive Education and will be reviewed on an individual basis, based on participant qualifications and lead time needed for any program pre-work.

Transfers: Transfer requests must be submitted to Columbia Business School Executive Education and must indicate the new dates and/or new program the participant wishes to attend. Transfers are valid only within one year of the original program start date.

Refunds: Any remaining balance of a cancelled program's payment can be applied to another Columbia Business School Executive Education program within one year of the program date. After one year, the balance is nonrefundable.

Full tuition is nonrefundable under these conditions:
  • The registrant or substitute does not enroll in another program within one year of the original start date, and/or
  • The registrant or substitute defers or transfers more than two times.


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8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Oded Netzer, Christopher Frank & Paul Magnone 3 $6,550
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Thu, Oct 01 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Oded Netzer, Christopher Frank & Paul Magnone
Fri, Oct 02 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Oded Netzer, Christopher Frank & Paul Magnone

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