Post Graduate Diploma In Strategic Thinking, Problem Solving And Negotiation

Course Overview

This course is designed to develop the right mindset in students to challenge the status quo and develop the right attitude to build innovation organizations. You will learn Strategic thinking which includes finding and developing a strategic foresight capacity for an organization, by exploring all possible organizational futures, and challenging conventional thinking to foster decision making today. You will rethink to let you think out of box for your organization. Topics you will cover among others; an overview of the traditional thinking process (horizontal), Strategy, types of strategy, tools and its strengths and weaknesses; lateral thinking perspective; analysis of different views about thinking; the interface among thinking, problem Solving and Negotiation skills.


Module 1; Introduction to Strategic Thinking,

Unit 1  Introduction to strategic thinking

Unit 2  Strategic planning and organizing skills

Unit 3  Organizing Skills

Unit 4  Strategic Thinking and Planning

Unit 5  Managing Risk

Unit 6  Principles of Strategic Planning

Module 2 Corporate Strategy

Unit 1  Business Unit Strategy

Unit 2  Team Strategy

Unit 3  Market Penetration

Unit 4  Market and Product Development

Unit 5  Diversification Strategies

Unit 6  PEST Model Analysis

Unit 7  SWOT Analysis and Profiles

Module 3; Lateral Thinking

Unit 1  Introduction to Lateral Thinking

Unit 2  Win-win Relationships in Business

Unit 3  Mental or Thinking Modes

Unit 4  critical thinking

Unit 5 Idea Management Process

Module 4 Problem Solving Skills

Unit 1  Introduction to Problem Solving Skills

Unit 2  Creative Problem Solving in Business and Life

Unit 3 FMEA Analysis

Unit 4  Organizational Innovation and Problem Solving

Module 5 Negotiation

Unit 1  Introduction to Negotiation

Unit 2  Elements of Negotiation

Unit 3 Dynamics of Negotiation

Unit 4  Emotions and Negotiation

Unit 5  Communication in Negotiation

Module 6: Understanding International Negotiations

Unit 1 Definition of International Negotiation

Unit 2 Theories of Negotiations

Unit 3 Methods of Negotiations

Unit 4 Procedures for Negotiations

Module 7: International Negotiations and Conceptual Issues in Diplomacy

Unit 1Processes for International Negotiations

Unit 2 Definition of Diplomacy

Unit 3 Theories of Diplomacy

Unit 4Types of Diplomacy

Module 8: Diplomacy: History, Functions, Strategy and Behaviour of States

Unit 1 History and Evolution of Diplomacy

Unit 2 Diplomatic Functions

Unit 3 Diplomacy and Negotiation Behavior of States

Unit 4 Diplomacy Strategies for Negotiations

Module 9: Contextual Issues in Diplomacy and International Negotiations

Unit 1  Media, Diplomacy and International Negotiations

Unit 2  Elements of International Negotiation

Unit 3 Negotiations and International Law

Unit 4 Diplomacy and International Negotiations in the UN

Module 10: Regional and Global Issues in Diplomacy and International Negotiations

Unit 1 Diplomacy and Negotiations in Regional Organizations: AU and EU

Unit 2 Diplomacy and International Trade Negotiations

Unit 3 International Negotiations and Conflict Management

Unit 4 International Environmental Diplomacy and Climate Change Negotiations

Course Assignments

Participants will be required to submit 10 assignments, research paper and one final examination for the period of 12 months to demonstrate their understanding of the course content. Assignments account for 60%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 10% of the marks.


Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Merit and a transcript.

Certificate and Transcripts will be given after the successful completion of the course.

Course Duration: 52 weeks (12 months)

Organizers: Action Institute for Professional Studies

Target Region: Global

Course Fee: USD 1000

Language: English

FORMAT: Web-based and Distance Learning facilitated



Tel no: +254 727 616 783

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Enrolled: 23 students
Duration: 12 Months
Level: Intermediate
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