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Strategic Decision and Risk Management (Free Webinar Series)



Play Ball! Decision Quality and Baseball Strategy

Baseball is a highly strategic game, with important decisions being made both on and off the field. In this webinar, we will use methods from Decision Quality to analyze a half-inning of play between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves. We will show how the Decision Quality framework can both improve on-field decision making and deepen our understanding of the strategies employed during a game. This fun and interactive talk is sure to increase your understanding of decision-analytic tools and concepts.

Our featured speaker:

J. Eric Bickel - Assistant professor in the graduate program in operations research at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis and its application to energy exploration and development, climate change, and sports. His research has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Sports Illustrated.  Notably, Braves rookie phenom Evan Gattis credited Eric’s research with shaping his approach to hitting. Eric's research into climate engineering was named as the top approach to address climate change by a panel of economists, including three Nobel Laureates. Prior to returning to academia, Professor Bickel was a senior engagement manager for Strategic Decisions Group.

Presented by

The Strategic Decision and Risk Management - Stanford Certificate Program

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Date & Time

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern


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