Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making

Course Code: PJD101
Start Date: 2022/9/14 End Date: 2022/11/16 Day: Wed Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Fall Elective certificate: Leadership Skills Medium of Instruction: English Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

In times of extreme VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity), we are expected to make the right decisions. But, how can we know whether we make the right decisions? This course is specifically designed for professionals based in Japan. It covers the fundamental psychology that surrounds our judgment and, ultimately, our decisions and choices, as well as explores the group and organizational dynamics that influence the decision-making process in Japan. We will discuss topics such as intuitive vs. conscious choice, the role of emotions, social pressures, and motivations in our judgment and cognitive biases that misguide our decisions. The course concludes by exploring approaches toward improving our judgment and making better decisions.

Learning Objectives

After finishing the course, the participants will be able to:
1. Have a firm grasp of VUCA and its impact on their functioning.
2. Understand and recognize various factors that impact their judgment.
3. Devise methods that will enhance the quality of their decision.

Who should take this course

Senior Leaders, Executives, managers who would like to create thriving teams
English Level: Advanced


No required textbook (Recommended; Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making (2nd edition))


Mete Yazici

Instructor Biography

Mete Yazici is a tri-lingual and multi-cultural professional living and working in Japan. He has worked in Financial Services, Insurance, IT/Software, and Legal Services as a senior leader for more than 22 years before transitioning to Leadership Coaching and Training. Mete's current mission is to help companies and leaders drive sustainable growth.
He is a holder of International Coach Federation's Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation, in addition to M.Sc. In Psychology from California Southern University, MBA from International University of Japan, and Certificate in NGO Management from Temple University. He is currently working to become a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD.)
His interests cover a wide range of topics such as Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and its applications in daily business, Psychology of Aging, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Inclusion and Integration of Foreigners, Social Leadership, and Creativity by Improvisation.