The Great American Pastime: What Baseball Can Teach Us About Decision Making

Baseball is a highly strategic game, with important decisions being made both on and off the field. In this fun and interactive webinar, we use the lens of decision quality to analyze a half-inning of play between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves. We will show how the DQ framework can both improve on-field decision making and deepen our understanding of the strategies employed during a game. This webinar is sure to increase your understanding of decision-analytic tools and concepts.


Dr. Eric Bickel is an SDG Fellow and an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is director of the graduate program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and academic director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program. His research has been referenced by Sports Illustrated and he has written several papers on baseball statistics and strategy, including “On the Decision to Take a Pitch” and “Teaching Decision Making with Baseball Examples.”

Earn a Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Texas Executive Education

This webinar is brought to you by the SDG Decision Education Center and Texas Executive Education at The University of Texas at Austin, SDG’s collaboration partner in the Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate program. For more information on earning a certificate, visit Texas Executive Education.

Original Webinar Date: October 10, 2018