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Scenario Planning and Strategic Thinking

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Use strategic thinking and scenario planning to see through obstacles, around corners, past red herrings, and over the horizon, to what’s really behind whatever you’re looking at in your business.  

This deeply practical and popular course, designed specifically for an online environment, positions scenario planning as the practical tool that really opens up strategic thinking. It is ideal for senior leaders, working in uncertain or turbulent environments, who wish to set and effectively execute competitive strategy. Whether you’re a GM or executive of a medium-size business or the division head of a large entity, you’ll access the help you need to decide what directions to take, where to invest, which products to launch, which markets to enter, and more. Importantly, you’ll leave with a complete scenario plan for yourself and/or your organisation.  

Dr Norman Chorn is an International faculty who is a strategy and organisation development practitioner he is currently working in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa. 

CPD Points offered from the Compliance Institute Southern Africa (CISA): An individual who has successfully completed all days will be awarded 15 CPD points in total.

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Application Dates

Applications Open

8 November 2021

Applications Close 

2 September 2022

Admission is based on professional requirements to attain new or enhance your skills.

Minimum Requirements
  • Teams (groups from the same organisation) who wish to develop a future strategy for their business, department.

  • Chief executives, functional heads, general managers, and those who wish to gain a more practical understanding of how to implement scenario planning.

No formal education qualifications are required.


Total Tuition Fee 

R20 300

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees and all prices are subject to change.

Please click here for a quote/proforma invoice.

Note: These are the tentative schedules and the confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme. These formats are subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously.

Special Requirements

Special Needs: If you have a special need or disability, GIBS will look into accommodating this. However, it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Admissions Office. We recommend you contact before you complete your application. Religious Observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated. 

Admission Process
Step 1

Complete your online application form. Please refer to the top right corner of the webpage to apply.

Step 2

Submit your online application. 

Step 3

Application is processed and you will receive a reference number after your application is successfully received.  

Step 4

Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance.

Step 5

The invoice will be issued and payment is to be made.

Please ensure the billing details are correct when completing the application form as any request to make amendments will delay your application. Ensure you have the VAT number should your company be funding the tuition fees.


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Who should attend?
  • Chief executives, functional heads, general managers;
  • Business consultants, analysts, strategy advisors;
  • Teams (groups from the same organisation) who wish to develop a future strategy for their business, department or team.
How you will benefit:

After attending this programme, delegates will be able to:

  • Create the pre-conditions for achieving strategic insight;
  • Select the appropriate tools for setting strategic direction;
  •  Improve the quality of your decisions by: 
    • Asking the right questions;
    • Using the right tools; 
    • Collecting the right information;
    • Managing biases in your decision-making;
  • Define your business idea to provide the focus for scenario planning;
  • Conduct an environment scan;
  • Build alternative scenarios of the future; 
  • Test the robustness of your current business model;
  • Define your future strategy; and
  • Assemble your strategy into a coherent and compelling story, for internal and external communication.

Key focus Areas of this programme:
  • The mind of the strategist: Understanding the role of the brain and how to harness its strategic power;
  • Using Decision Intelligence to make better decisions in uncertain environments;
  • Key principles of scenario planning and the scenario planning process;
  • Defining the business idea;
  • Scanning the environment;
  • Building multiple alternative scenarios of the future and testing current business models;
  • Defining, communicating and executing the future strategy; 
  • Examples and case studies of scenario planning processes; and
  • Networking opportunities, interaction, and access to pre-reading from the faculty.

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