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 frameworks provided in this course are very helpful to add to my toolbox as controller and advisor. The hands-on focus with many cases in interaction with international participants with different backgrounds really helps to absorb the theory.”
    Marcel van Wees, CFO Wholesale, Rural&Retail, Rabobank International,

    “I was very pleased with the Strategy Consultants' Approach to Problem Solving programme at RSM.  It is an excellent investment for anyone involved in the strategic decision-making process — in their own company or as a consultant charged with supporting organisations facing strategic challenges.
    Yolanda Barreros Gutiérrez, advisor and partner, B&C Consulting, Barcelona

    “This is a very pragmatic course. Especially working on personal cases with the support of RSM faculty members was useful.”
    Yves Plees, Acerta, Director Customised Payroll Solutions

  • 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
    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). 

  • On this page you will find practical information about the two-day programme The Strategy Consultants' Approach to Problem Solving.


    25 - 26 June 2018 > Apply now
    29 - 30 November 2018 > Apply now


    € 2,100 (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 policy

    Cancellation notices must be received by email: 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

    Please click here to view RSM Executive Education’s general terms and conditions.


    The programmes take place at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Bayle Building, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.

    Hotel accommodation

    If you require hotel accommodation in Rotterdam, we recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark, adjacent to the university.

  • The two-day programme The Strategy Consultants' Approach to Problem Solving runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register: