Future Dates TBA

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$695 - Includes tuition, course materials, parking, breakfast and lunch.

University of California, San Diego
Rady School of Management
Center for Executive Development


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About the Program

This course will give managers, directors, and VPs the practical tools and working knowledge to assess internal and external organizational-related issues, recognize relevant data-variables, develop appropriate models, analyze competing options-scenarios, and improve the focus and scope of decision capabilities.


The course covers the most practical, commonly used decision models and devotes one session to each area, with the emphasis on real-world applications for managerial decision making within a case context – with case information drawn from the instructor’s actual client files over the last 30 years of consulting.


  • Expert Systems and Decision Heuristics
  • Gantt Charts
  • Critical Path Project Management
  • Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT)>
  • Multiple-Objective Goal Programming
  • Maximize-Minimize Linear Programming
  • Bernoulli Sequences
  • Markov Analysis
  • Bayes Analysis
  • Decisions Under Uncertainty
  • Probability Analysis and Decision Trees
  • Monte Carlo Decision Simulations


Dr. David Newton is a full-time new venture consultant, and in his 3rd year teaching in the Center for Executive Development at Rady. He formerly taught strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship for 28 years as a full-time professor in the Pepperdine MBA program, at UMass/Amherst, and Westmont.

Dr. Newton has consulted to over 650 entrepreneurial firms since 1984, and coaches start-up firms for various venture forums from Silicon Valley to San Diego. He was formerly Chief Economist at Hispanic Business magazine, on the Editorial Review Board at The Journal of Small Business Strategy (1993-1996), and Contributing Editor at both Industry Week Growing Companies magazine (1998-2000) and Entrepreneur magazine (2000-2005).

In 2008, The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge its National Leavey Award winner for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education with “Meritorious Distinction”, and for the last 10 years he has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as a Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship at the annual Experiential Classroom Symposium. He has a B.S.B.A., M.B.A. in Finance, and a D.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Finance.