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The Business Strategy & Decision-Making Program is a part of the Department of Economics at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The mission of the Program is to bring together DePaul students and alumni to share ideas and insights surrounding the use of economic and other decision-making frameworks in business and everyday life.

The Program offers a number of strategy-focused classes that can be found on the Economics Department web page. The purpose of this blog site is to house additional resources, insights, and content about strategy and decision-making. 

News & Praise

Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 017: Louise Anderson, Blue Cross of Illinois

This month we joined by Senior Manager of Corporate Development at Blue Cross of Illinois and DePaul MBA Alumnus, Louise Anderson. Health Insurance in the US is a quagmire of complex interactions with lots of moving parts between providers, insurers, governments, and...

Episode 016: Bob Schiller, National General Insurance

In this episode, we speak with DePaul MBA alumnus, Bob Schiller. Bob is the Countrywide Product Manager at National General Insurance (an Allstate Company). Insurance is at the foundation of de-risking many other activities, making them more accessible and fueling...

Episode 015: Marty Friel, Ameriprise Financial Services

This month we speak with DePaul MS-EPA Alumnus, Marty Friel. Marty has been a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services for nearly 16 years. Financial advising is a highly competitive industry for two reasons. Firstly, its largely non-differentiated. The...

Recent Talks

Talk on May 7, 2021: Tanner Krause, CEO of Kum & Go

We were thrilled to host DePaul MBA Alumnus Tanner Krause, CEO of Kum & Go for the Economics & Strategy Talk on May 7, 2021. Kum & Go is a Midwest-based convenience store chain that sells gasoline and retail items. Tanner offered a candid conversation...

Talk on February 19, 2021: Algorithmic Pricing and Market Competition

Our next Economics & Strategy Talk hosted Professor Joseph Harrington from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania who presented “Algorithmic Pricing & Market Competition” on February 19, 2021. As a result of Big Data and AI, firms can...

Talk on October 21, 2020: The Value of Nature to Our Economic Well-Being

On October 21, 2020, Ralph Chami presented a 1-hour presentation called “The Value of Nature to Our Economic Well-Being” followed by Q&A. For the longest time, humans have assumed that they are separate from the natural world and that nature provides...

If you have any questions about this Program or the material on this site, please feel free to reach out the program head, Rafael Tenorio via email at rtenorio@depaul.edu.