Quantitative Intuition™ (Live Online): Making Smarter Decisions with Imperfect Information

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Duration: 6 Weeks
Format: Eleven 60- and 90-minute live virtual sessions (up to 2 per week)
Certificate Credits: 2
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Fully virtual, highly interactive programs featuring small group work for a high-touch learning experience.

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“Information is essential to making intelligent decisions, but more often than not, it overwhelms us in today’s data-rich environment. We’ll equip you with a systematic framework to make smarter decisions under uncertainty.”
– The program’s Faculty Director Oded Netzer, Professor of Business at Columbia Business School

Hear about the program from faculty co-directors Oded Netzer, Paul Magnone, and Christopher Frank.

Imagine for a moment the luxury of saying, “When I get all the information, I will make that decision.”

Unfortunately, that is not the reality of the world we operate in today. Information is imperfect. Change happens at a head-spinning pace. To address this, executives need to acquire the skills to develop enough of the right information to make an informed, data-driven decision.

This Quantitative Intuition™ framework — developed exclusively by the faculty directors of this program — teaches participants how to develop a parallel view of the issues that matter rather than just a logical sequence of thoughts to evaluate the situation as a whole.

This is not a program about learning how to analyze data and data analysis software. Rather, participants learn to formulate critical business data-driven questions and leverage data to make the most effective decision to drive their organization's strategy forward.

As a live online program, this program is designed to deliver real impact in real time, with two live faculty sessions per week, including a range of application exercises and interactive discussions, focusing on practical skill development and real-world situations.

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The program enables executives to acquire the skills needed to develop Quantitative Intuition™, toppling conventional wisdom that you need to be a numbers whiz to make sound, fact-based decisions.

Program participants will:

  • Learn how to gather, understand, and find value in data across the business continuum
  • Become proficient in extracting meaningful insights
  • Develop a set of pragmatic communication techniques
  • Return to your organization with the competencies to make more informed decisions and lead change

Quantitative Intuition™ Defined

Quantitative Intuition™ is the ability to make decisions with incomplete information via precision questioning and business acumen driven by pattern recognition. This requires a parallel view of the issues that matter rather than just a logical sequence of thoughts to see the situation as a whole.

Upon completion of this program, you will earn two days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


The program is taught workshop-style — just like the on-campus version — using a combination of lectures, case studies, and in-class exercises.

The program's live online learning experience features:

  • Up to two 60- and 90-minute live sessions with faculty per week. Key topics include:
    • Precision questioning
    • Pattern recognition
    • Interrogating the data
    • Storytelling and “3D” storytelling
    • Synthesizing information
    • Decision making
  • Case studies and exercises
  • Discussion and breakout rooms
  • Dedicated program support team
  • Mobile learning app
  • Peer learning and feedback

For a complete program schedule, please download the agenda.


The program is designed for executives of all levels in all facets of business (e.g., consulting, marketing, strategy, product management, finance) who wish to equip themselves with pragmatic skills to be successful leaders and business drivers in our data-driven world through precision questioning and Quantitative Intuition™.

Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.



The program faculty combine Ivy League research and leading industry practice, offering participants a real-world application of the concepts taught.

Oded Netzer, Faculty Co-Director
Professor of Business at Columbia Business School

Professor Netzer's research at Columbia Business School centers on one of the major business challenges of the data-rich environment of the 21st century: developing quantitative methods that leverage data to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior and guide firms' decisions.

He focuses primarily on building statistical and econometric models to measure consumer preferences and understand how customer choices change over time, and across contexts.

Christopher Frank, Faculty Co-Director
Vice President at American Express

As Vice President of Global Marketplace Insights at American Express, Christopher Frank is responsible for advertising, brand, and business-to-business research. Prior to joining American Express, he spent ten years at Microsoft as a senior director in market research.

Chris has won industry awards for his accomplishments in analyzing the swing voter consumer, developing a framework for effective branding and building a social media analytics system. He is a recipient of the Wall Street Journal Achievement Award.

Paul Magnone, Faculty Co-Director
Management Consultant at Google

Paul has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, new product development, acquisition integration, alliance management, and consultative sales. In his current work with Google, he is unlocking the next generation of business value through cloud computing and related technologies.

Previously at IBM, Deloitte Consulting, and several start-ups, Paul launched four global consulting practices in emerging technologies which drove over one billion dollars in new revenue streams. He holds two patents and has been an industry mentor in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program.


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