Use problem solving to generate new and creative ideas

Do you need to understand the essential elements of effective problem-solving? Do you want to improve your decision-making skills and brainstorm new strategies for solving complex problems?

This online course gives you a clear process and versatile tools to solve complex problems, both professional and personal. You will not be limited by traditional strategy frameworks. On the contrary, you will be key to unlocking the best creative problem-solving techniques by investigating complex questions with issue maps and using logic to promote creativity.

This critical thinking course is a toolkit that integrates knowledge based on both theoretical and empirical evidence from many disciplines and explains it in accessible terms.

Complex problem solving training

Frame the problem and diagnose your current state

Innovative solutions

Create innovative solutions and identify key stakeholders’ needs, reframing as needed

Decision making

Decide on the on-balance best solution and support it with aligned decisions

Stakeholder engagement

Engage stakeholders throughout and, eventually, convince them to support the solution

You and your class

You are a team leader or mid-level manager developing a new strategy, leading a turnaround, reorganizing or improving your organization's impact. You are an analyst looking to apply a new problem-solving methodology. If you are looking to improve profitability, negotiate disruption and re-orienting the R&D initiatives withing your organization than this program is for you.

Your class is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

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Mid-level managers
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Duration: 5 weeks of study (4-6 hours per week)


CHF 1,950


CHF 1,750 for IMD alumni


Application deadline closes 2 weeks before the session starts.

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