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Leading in Volatile Environments

Leading volatile environments


We are living in turbulent times; globalisation, disruptive technologies, changing consumer behaviours and shifting regulatory environments contribute to an unpredictable business market. Organisations face a multitude of risks, that they must manage on multiple fronts. Planning for a flexible response is key to managing risk and keeping on track to executing your strategy.

As a leader, you need to be able to deal with risk, be dynamic and have the vision to challenge standard management tools which are no longer adequate. This programme is self-reflective, looking at how risk aware you are and how you typically deal with it. It takes a strategic view, looking at organisational capabilities and how you can harness this to take advantage of change. It also delves in to how you manage your organisation moving forward, how to execute uncertainty, structure, governance and how to look risk and ruin in the face.

This programme looks at how different industries deal with risk, particularly those with a technology, professional or service base.


  • Behavioural decisions and reactions
  • Heuristics – a problem-solving technique
  • Dynamic decision environments and managing them
  • Disruption and scenarios
  • Risk management
  • Organisational structure and governance
  • Disciplined catastrophe management (avoiding the risk of ruin)


  • Learn to identify and manage risks at individual, group and organisational levels, and turn them into opportunities for defining and implementing strategy
  • Develop an awareness of how risks occur in immediate and longer-term contexts
  • Execute risk management strategies and learn from outcomes
  • Create competitive advantage in your own organisation from managing risks well
  • Take away a framework and a set of checklists that you can use and adopt in your own organisation
  • Experience an international and diverse perspective, in a cohort made up of mixed nationalities and industries, in an environment that nurtures open discussion and debate

This programme counts as one course for those completing the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

You will be an:

  • Executive in any size company, small or large, who is in a position to effect change, either within your strategic business unit, or on a wider level
  • Executive in a senior level positions tasked with scenario planning
  • Executive looking to address the future challenges of the organisation
  • Executive looking to bring their team together, to scenario plan, understand and anticipate unforeseen risk
  • Executive who wishes to identify ways that the organisation can maintain competitive advantage and risk avoidance.

We welcome small teams of executives (a maximum of four people from the same company).

Faculty & speakers

Daniel Ralph

Daniel Ralph

Professor of Operations Research

PhD (University of Wisconsin)

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Kishore Sengupta

Kishore Sengupta

Director of Executive Education and Reader in Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
4-6 June 2018 3 days £2,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,995 + 20% = £3,594.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

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