441058 :Strategic Decision-Making

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Lectures, practicals (serious gaming & cognitive complexity) & assignment coaching hours (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written exam OQ + MC Questions (60%), assignments (40%) (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP.
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dr. R.J.G. Jansen (Coordinator)

dr. T.P.L. Buyl (Lecturer)

dr. S. Yan (Lecturer)

J.M. van Zelst MSc (Lecturer)


  • Students acquire insights in the historical and contemporary individual, team and organization level strategic decision making perspectives in organization studies.
  • Students learn to analyze, reconstruct and to judge strategic decision making situations from different perspectives.
  • Students develop the skill to analyze, reconstruct and to assess decisions of strategic decision makers within organizations.
  • Students learn to apply various theories and strategic decision making models in organizational contexts from the perspective of the strategic decision maker.


Strategic Decision Making (SDM) can be considered a topic of interest to all organizations. The concept strategic decision making implieslong term decisions that affect the continuity of the whole organization.The course SDM introduces students to the multifaceted and multilayered nature of SDM.

The course starts with an introduction to this area of scientific inquiry. Students will familiarize themselves with the integrative framework of strategic decisions. The constituent parts of the framework sereve serve as a departure point to take stock of the field's empirical research and how it aids and informs decision makers in organizations. By zooming in on the antecedents of the SDM process, the formulation and implementation parts of the SDM process, and the intended and unintended consequences of strategic decisions, students will recognize and learn to appreciate the interplay between the factors that cause heterogeneity and variety fo SDM processes.

The pracitcals and assignments present students with the opportunity to reflect on and apply their knowledge from the literature. This will be done by playing the MicroTech serious game and other assignments. 


  • The course is taught in English.
  • The assignments contain one field assignment.
  • The grade is determined by the weighted average of the exam (60%) and the average of the assignments (40%).
  • Grades expire each academic year.


Compulsory Reading

  1. Course companion & set of 20-25 academic papers, Through Tilburg University library.

Recommended Reading

  1. N.G. Noorderhaven, Strategic Decision Making, Addison-Wesley, 1995, ISBN 0201593939. The recommended reading can be found in the Tilburg University library. It serves as a social science background to the course, and the staff does NOT recommend it to be purchased by students

Recommended Prerequisites

Strategy and Organization (441009) or introduction course on strategic management

Compulsory for

  • Aansluitingsprogramma Organization Studies voor Avans ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Aansluitingsprogramma Organization Studies voor Fontys ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Bachelor Organization Studies ( 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Premaster Organization Studies ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Pre-master Organization Studies for International Students ( 2014, 2015, 2016 )
  • Premaster Organization Studies for International Studies ( 2016, 2017 )