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Roche, SDG Examine Top-Line Risk Drivers as Biosimilars Enter Market

A global executive at F. Hoffman-La Roche delivered insights into the complex emerging market for biosimilars at an INFORMS conference held recently in Las Vegas. Jenn Bonilla PhD, Global Head of Business Insights, Operations, and Established Products at F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., discussed the entrance of new competition from biosimilars and the challenge of predicting business impact …Read More…

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A 4-Step Process to Help Senior Teams Prioritize Decisions | Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review has featured an article from Strategic Decisions Group partner Peter Hopper, who leads the firm’s Asia operations, and his colleague Jugnu Sakuja. Their article, “A 4-Step Process to Help Senior Teams Prioritize Decisions,” discusses how senior leaders and their teams can benefit from an approach that treats decisions as a deliberately structured workstream. Using the …Read More…

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SDG Client to Recount Journey Toward Organizational Decision Quality at Conference

SAN MATEO, Calif. (March 13, 2017) — Naoki Shimoda, a partner at management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), and Chris Lang of Texas-based Golden Spread Electric Cooperative (GSEC) will speak about the electric cooperative’s progress toward implementing organizational decision quality at the SDP 2017 DAAG Conference in New Orleans this week. Shimoda and Lang …Read More…

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Carl Spetzler and Bruce Judd to Lead SDP Workshop at 2017 DAAG Conference

SAN MATEO, Calif. (February 8, 2017) – Global management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) of San Mateo, California, renowned for its expertise in decision making for greater value creation, announced today that CEO Carl Spetzler and partner and managing director Bruce Judd will lead a pre-conference workshop, “Building Organizational Decision Quality,” at the upcoming …Read More…

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Hong Kong retail spending plunges to 17-year-low as visitors decline and yuan weakens | South China Morning Post

But now is not the time for the city to rest on its laurels, according to Peter Hopper, Asia Pacific managing director of consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group. “The drop in retail sales serves as a reminder that we can no longer sit and wait for tourists to come and spend in Hong Kong,” he said. …Read More…

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A Holistic Manufacturing Sourcing Location Strategy Beyond Labor Cost | Supply Chain Asia

For years, consumer brands have moved their production location from country to country, chasing the cheapest source of labor. But as the business environment changes and companies reap the benefits of robotics and technology advances, low wages is not the only determining factor. In the January/February 2017 issue of Supply Chain Asia, SDG’s sourcing expert Peter Hopper explores the economic …Read More…

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SDG announces new partnership with Texas Executive Education to offer professional certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management

PALO ALTO, Calif. – (November 14, 2016) Management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group and Texas Executive Education located at The University of Texas at Austin have launched the Strategic Decision and Risk Management certificate program, a new program designed to teach decision-making skills to a broad spectrum of executives and mid-career professionals. The program focuses on …Read More…

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SDG’s Biotech Advisor to Speak on Strategies to Beat a Bear Market

PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 21, 2016 – Management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) announced today that Sandra J. Wrobel, partner and managing director, will be a keynote speaker at PSA: The Pharmaceutical Strategy Conference. The conference is Sept. 28-30 in New York. Ms. Wrobel, an expert in product and portfolio investment strategies in global …Read More…

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A Strategic Approach for Managing Oil and Gas Assets | Natural Gas & Electricity

The global oil market is experiencing a structural shift. Faced with a rapid price decline, large oil-producing countries have moved to protect their market share with the hopes of permanently removing expensive supply from the market. Meanwhile, the ability of the US shale oil producers to respond quickly to positive price signals puts downward pressure on prices. On the demand side, advances in renewable …Read More…

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In Memoriam: SDG Community Mourns Loss of Dr. Howard Raiffa

Strategic Decisions Group joins the decision practitioner community in mourning the death of Dr. Howard Raiffa, 92. Dr. Raiffa died Friday at his home in Arizona following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. “With the passing of Howard Raiffa, we recognize and celebrate his vast contributions to the field of decision analysis,” said Dr. Carl …Read More…

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Strategic Decisions Group Names Digital Business and Technology Advisor to its Consulting Team

PALO ALTO, Calif. – June 13, 2016 – Management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) announced today that Randy Krotowski, a former Fortune 100 CIO, has joined the firm as a principal consultant. Krotowski has more than 30 years of experience in business and technology, and was CIO for Caterpillar, Inc., and Chevron Global Upstream. …Read More…

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You Can’t Make Good Predictions Without Embracing Uncertainty — Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review has featured an article from Strategic Decisions Group CEO Carl Spetzler and Peter Hopper, who leads the firm’s Hong Kong office. Their article, “You Can’t Make Good Predictions Without Embracing Uncertainty,” discusses how too often experts labor to produce exquisitely precise and specific scenarios of how the future will unfold, shrugging off uncertainty on …Read More…

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Forbes Names SDG to its List of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms

May 9, 2016 – Strategic Decisions Group is one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, according to Forbes. The list is based on ratings of more than 250 firms in 15 industries and 16 functional areas, such as strategy, HR consulting, and supply chain management. “We are particularly pleased to become part of the Forbes …Read More…

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Strategic Perspective Needed in T&D Asset Management | Natural Gas & Electricity

Increasingly, power system outages are destroying billions of dollars in value every year. While it may be easy to grasp the idea that there is some value to keeping the lights on, how many utilities explicitly think about – and more importantly, quantify the value of – their decisions around transmission and distribution asset management? Read more …Read More…

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SDG Named a Top 10 Boutique Consulting Firm in Ivy Exec Annual Ranking

PALO ALTO, Calif. (April 8, 2016) – Strategic Decisions Group was named a top boutique management consulting firm in Ivy Exec’s 2016 Top Consulting Firms rankings, according to a statement this week from Ivy Exec, a curated online community of consulting professionals. Ivy Exec has ranked the top 30 large and top 20 boutique consulting firms …Read More…

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Closing the Decision Quality Gap – Change This Manifesto

Download the pdf from the Change This blog “One of the virtues of DQ is that it allows us to know if we’ve made a good decision at the time we are making it. If we’ve correctly followed the process, we can confidently state that ‘We made the best possible choice given our alternatives, the …Read More…

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It’s Time to Re-imagine the Aviation Sector – Live Mint

To the casual observer, it would seem that the aviation sector in India is doing well. Air traffic has grown at 14 percent over the last 10 years and India is expected to become the third largest aviation market in the world by 2020. But a closer look reveals that this growth has been concentrated …Read More…

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SDG Congratulates Two Recipients, Lilly and Pfizer, on 2016 Raiffa-Howard Award

PALO ALTO, Calif. March 15, 2016 – Strategic Decisions Group today extended its congratulates to two recipients of the Raiffa-Howard Award for Organizational Decision Quality. The award, presented by the Society of Decision Professionals, goes to Lilly Research Laboratories and to Pfizer Inc, acknowledging the recipients’ excellence in applying the principles of Decision Quality (DQ) throughout the organizations. “We congratulate the …Read More…

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Management Consulting Firm Strategic Decisions Group Introduces New Book on Decision Quality

PALO ALTO, Calif. (March 7, 2016) – Few things are as valuable in business, and in life, as the ability to make good decisions. In their new, thought-provoking book, Carl Spetzler, Hannah Winter, and Jennifer Meyer of management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) provide a methodology that can be applied to all types of …Read More…

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Vault Recognizes SDG as Top 50 Consulting Firm; Top 20 Boutique

PALO ALTO, Calif. – August 28, 2015 – Vault recognized Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) as a Top 50 consulting firm in its annual ranking of leading consulting firms in the world. SDG ranked 20th among the top boutique consulting firms. The firm also ranked in the top 20 in such categories as best consulting firms for international …Read More…

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In Search of Better Power Regulation for Hong Kong – Asian Power

Now that Hong Kong’s agreements regulating electricity suppliers are expiring, opportunities exist to introduce more competition. How current and new electricity programs could improve or hinder power production will play a crucial role in the city’s economic stability and development. In this article in Asian Power, SDG’s Peter Hopper and Alice Yung explore the pros and cons of …Read More…

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Here’s Why Reliable Electricity Should Not be Taken for Granted — Asian Power

For decades, Hong Kong businesses and its population have benefited from world-class levels of dependable electricity supply — at over 99.999 percent, one of the highest in the world. But decades of stable service have created high expectations, and the public often forgets what constitutes the value and importance of an uninterrupted electricity supply. In this article in Asian …Read More…

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Manufacturers Step up Search for Low Cost Alternative to China – South China Morning Post

In this article in the South China Morning Post, two of SDG’s global sourcing strategy experts comment on the movement of manufacturers out of China in search of lower-cost options in southeast and central Asia. “The change is significant in the past two years,” said Peter Hopper, an SDG partner and advisor in manufacturing and sourcing strategy. …Read More…

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SDG Experts to Share Economic Value Concept at Energy Conference

PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 9, 2015 – Two members of management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) will be featured speakers this month at the Aging T&D Infrastructure conference, a forum designed to address decisions and strategies for utility companies managing transmission and distribution assets. The conference will be September 21-22 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. Jonathan Rich, …Read More…

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Understanding a Renewable Energy Future for Hong Kong – Asian Power

How achievable is Hong Kong’s move to renewable energy sources? A commitment to environmental protection and air pollution reduction is one of the main objectives of the city’s energy policies, which cover safety, reliability, affordability, and environmental performance. In this article in Asian Power, SDG’s Peter Hopper and Alice Yung explore how to achieve the right balance and trade-offs …Read More…

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SDG to Acquire Global Health Consulting Firm

PALO ALTO, Calif. (August 3, 2015) – Management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group of Palo Alto, Calif. today announced that it is acquiring Applied Strategies, a firm that helps many of the world’s leading global health organizations to assess the impact of their investments and interventions. The purchase of Applied Strategies, of San Mateo, Calif., …Read More…

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The Future of Hong Kong’s Electricity – Asian Power

Hong Kong depends on affordable and reliable electricity prices and supply. But with mandated emission targets and the inevitable transition to cleaner fuels, what price will consumers and business be willing to pay for needed investment? In this article in Asian Power, SDG’s Peter Hopper looks at the future of Hong Kong’s market for electricity and how …Read More…

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Hong Kong is Losing the Tech Development Race to Shenzhen — South China Morning Post

In this article in the South China Morning Post, SDG’s Peter Hopper comments on the emergence of a white-collar labor force in Shenzhen as an important driver in the competition between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to develop a technology industry. “Historically,” Hopper says in this article, “labor-intensive industries in China such as electronics have seen products and …Read More…

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AirAsia Takeoff Hit by Headwinds in India — Livemint

A year after its India entry, Asia’s largest low-fare airline is struggling to live up to expectations. In this article appearing in Livemint, industry observer Hitanshu Gandhi of SDG notes that competition is one of the factors that has caused AirAsia India to take a cautious approach against incumbent carriers. Its cheap-ticket model may not have worked as expected—while its …Read More…

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An Organization-Wide Approach to Good Decision-Making | Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review has featured an article from Strategic Decisions Group CEO Carl Spetzler and Larry Neal, the recently retired manager of Decision Analysis at Chevron Corporation. Their article, “An Organization-Wide Approach to Good Decision Making”, discusses the critical need for companies to adopt more robust, integrated processes in order to make their most important decisions …Read More…

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SDG Receives Outstanding Vendor Award from PETRONAS Upstream Malaysia

Palo Alto, CA, May 11, 2015 – Strategic Decisions Group is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Vendor Award by PETRONAS Upstream Malaysia. The award recognizes the high standards of service from SDG’s work to help the company implement Decision Quality principles within its decision-making processes and …Read More…

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Ready for Take-off but Turbulence Ahead – LNG Industry

Africa is no stranger to LNG – Algeria was the first country to export LNG in 1964. Over the last few decades, LNG plants have emerged in Libya, Nigeria, Egypt, Angola and Equatorial Guinea. While North and West Africa will remain important contributors to the LNG trade, East Africa is now set to occupy a …Read More…

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The Inaugural Raiffa-Howard Award for Organizational Decision Quality goes to Chevron

Palo Alto, CA, October 20, 2014 – Strategic Decisions Group congratulates Chevron as the first recipient of the Society of Decision Professional’s Raiffa-Howard Organizational Decision Quality Award. The award acknowledges the company’s excellence in applying the principles of Decision Quality (DQ) throughout the organization. “We congratulate the team at Chevron for this well-deserved honor,” said …Read More…

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Strategic Decision Group’s Co-Founder Featured in Harvard Business Review

Palo Alto, CA, December 1, 2014 –The Society of Decision Professional’s gala to celebrate 50 years of Decision Analysis was a resounding success. Attended by over 300 people, the event brought together leaders in the profession from across the globe and drew attention to the benefits and developments of decision analysis throughout its history. Prior …Read More…

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Strategic Decisions Group Names Léonard Bertrand as Leader of its North America Energy and Environment Practice

PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 2, 2014 – Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) announced today that Léonard Bertrand will lead the firm’s North America Energy and Environment Practice. In his new role, Léonard will help direct SDG’s industry expansion, further developing its roster of experienced professionals in order to service the company’s growing number of clients …Read More…

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Strategic Decisions Group Elects Dr. Eric Bickel to Board of Directors

PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 28, 2014 – Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) announced today that it has elected Dr. J. Eric Bickel to its Board of Directors. The firm also officially named Dr. Bickel an SDG Fellow, which distinguishes him as a professional whose extraordinary contributions to analytic disciplines allow the firm to maintain its …Read More…

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