ARBB 1021 - Decision Making Tools for Leaders

  • Noncredit
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The process of decision-making in management and leadership has been studied by a number of researchers. Since leadership and management both entail decision-making and motivating others to carry out those decisions, this area in arts leadership and management proves to be a very important one.

How are decisions made and how can you be sure that you have made the right decision? Since the world is dynamic and the art world particularly so, it is nearly impossible to account for all the factors that must be considered in making decisions and no way to guarantee that those factors will not change immediately after a decision is made.

For that reason, it is often better to understand how decisions go wrong rather than trying to train someone how to always get it right (which, of course, is impossible). This course introduces you to some critical thinking skills from the field of philosophy (critical thinking, after all, is a subfield of philosophy) as well as some key decision-making heuristics identified in the field of psychology.

While this course provides only an introduction, it is a good place for you to begin honing your skills for identifying the barriers to effective decision-making.

Through this course, you will be able to:

• Solve basic critical thinking and logic problems that will lead to understanding and solving more complex problems.
• Identify common reasoning fallacies that impede effective decision-making.
• Identify common thinking heuristics that impede effective decision-making.
• Correct your own reasoning and thinking errors.
• Apply the above skills to decision-making problems in arts leadership and management.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbook and Materials

All materials are supplied within the online course.


Constance DeVereaux

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In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.