Strategic Problem Solving
Strategic Problem Solving
Improve your problem solving skills during this two-day programme. This programme will boost your effectiveness in finding solutions to strategic business problems. You will learn a variety of best practice methods and techniques as developed by top global management consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company and BCG.
In two days you will learn how to identify a problem, how to handle the planning, communication, and the successful implementation of your solution.
Before the start of the programme, you will be asked to identify a strategic issue you face in your work. Together with faculty and peers, you will work on defining an approach to solving it.
During the programme, you will:
- gain more confidence as your ‘toolbox’ of available solutions for business problems grows
- learn the business problem solving methods and techniques used by top management consulting firms
- understand how to use these methods and techniques, its limitations and common pitfalls
- practise your newly gained skills via case discussions, small group exercises, and presentations.
The Strategy Consultants' Approach to Problem Solving is designed for:
- managers responsible for policy making
- strategic planning / corporate development staff
- internal consultants
- external consultants.
“The course exceeded my expectations, and will change something in the way I do my work. The teacher was knowledgeable with heaps of experience, and I also liked that he used a lot of real examples to explain concepts. The concept of pyramid thinking wasn’t new to me, but learning it in a practical way and applying it to my own and others’ real-life situations made it more useful than before. It’s a concept I can use in strategic problem-solving, and also in my communications. I walked away from the programme with several practical tools on how to approach problems, and with a good dose of energy.”
Anne-Marie Hendriks, senior sales and business development manager, Philips
“This programme highlighted how important it is to structure the challenges we face, whether you’re leading a team or starting your own business. We learned different techniques on which we can base our business model. It was insightful and fun to see how we can give structure to processes we sometimes perform in an intuitive manner. I highly recommend the programme to everyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge in problem solving, regardless of their background or industry. The professional and cultural diversity of RSM’s participants gives richness to the programme; these various points of view were of great value during discussions. It also allowed us to see how universal the tools taught can be implemented.”
Cecilio Alvarez Bapista, head Latin America/Southern Europe sales FIs, ABN AMRO Bank
The programme Strategy Consultants' Approach to Problem Solving is led by Dr Marc Baaij and James Parker.
Dr Marc Baaij
Marc Baaij is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at RSM. Marc was a strategy consultant and research manager of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group. He also worked for IBM in the Netherlands. He is the academic director of RSM's Executive Master in Management Consultancy, and teaches on the RSM Diploma Programme in Business Management & Leadership, the flagship programme of RSM’s Executive Education & Organisational Development department. Marc is the author of ‘The Consultancy Method: From Problem to Solution’ and co-author of ‘The Craft of Strategy Formation: Translating Business Issues into Actionable Strategies’. Read more
James Parker is a Partner at Parma Consulting Group, and has more than 20 years experience in consulting and managing professional organisations. He worked for McKinsey in North America, UK and the Netherlands, was a founding partner of Mitchell Madison Group, and Managing Partner of Boer & Croon Corporate Strategy. He was also a Director of First Level Young Executives and manager of Barclays Bank International in Canada and Zaire. James has a MA from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD. James co-authored ‘Changing the Leopard’s Spots. Renewal of the Professional Firm’ (2009).
€ 2,150 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.
10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.
Cancellation notices must be received by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The following cancellation fees apply:
- More than 14 days before the programme’s start date: 25% of the programme fee will be charged
- Between 14 and 7 days before the programme’s start date: 75% of the programme fee will be charged
- 7 days or fewer before the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged
- Cancellations received on or after the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged.
The participant can be substituted by someone from the same company on the same course without extra costs.
General terms and conditions
The programmes take place at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Bayle Building, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.
If you require hotel accommodation in Rotterdam, we recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark, adjacent to the university.