Thirty years ago, Strategic Decisions Group founders, leading-edge decision scientists from business and engineering, set out to create a consultancy that combines the best of academia and business: important problems, rigorous processes, continuous learning, collegiality, individual accountability, and a convivial atmosphere.
From the first, SDG’s leaders were fascinated by finding solutions to significant, complex problems through decision analysis – a term first coined in 1963 by SDG founder Ronald A. Howard (Full Biography ) at Stanford University. The approach they developed to management consulting is still the core of our firm’s practice, but it has been modified over the years to incorporate new concepts and updated techniques. As SDG’s approach evolved, its service offerings broadened. Our consultants now work with clients in all aspects of creating, delivering, and protecting shareholder value.
Today, the field first pioneered by SDG’s founders is a key discipline in virtually all business school curricula, a testament to the vision of Dr. Howard, Carl Spetzler (Full Biography ) James Matheson, and Jeff Foran. All four founders are still actively affiliated with SDG and the firm's commercial and not-for-profit spinoffs, continuing to mentor our present staff and to provide our current clients with the benefit of their experience and insights.