Leading with Data and Analytics

Learn how to improve business outcomes by leveraging analytics to make evidence-based decisions.

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As the volume of available business data expands, the winners in tomorrow’s marketplace will be those who can generate insight from information. Yet, many leaders feel daunted by the sheer amount of data out there. Many others make the critical mistake of looking for patterns in the data they have, instead of framing productive questions to shape the data they need. Competency in this area is so lacking, a recent Gartner study predicted that by 2020, 80% of organizations will initiate deliberate development programs in data literacy.

Many of the ideas, methods and principles that describe the best business data and analytics practices were pioneered by faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In this six-week program, participants learn how to “think data” the Booth way. They develop the critical and creative reasoning skills needed to frame a data analytics project, collaborate with data specialists, and ultimately make evidenced-based decisions that drive results — without sacrificing speed and agility.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Apply the Chicago Booth Approach to win in the marketplace: Develop the key ingredients of a powerful data analytics strategy: a specific business objective, well-developed theories, and a model that points the way to critical data and deep insight.

  • Frame questions to generate data-based insight: Identify specific objectives and related hypotheses to drive data analysis. Avoid biases in interpreting data: Sidestep the common pitfall of unconsciously bending data to support false assumptions and preconceptions.
  • Tell the story of the data: Translate data-driven insights into actionable decisions and drive buy-in by delivering a compelling narrative.


Program Structure

  • 6 week duration
  • 30 hours to complete requirements
  • 10 hours of on-demand
  • HD lectures
  • Professor interactions
  • Group learning and optional coaching sessions
  • Facilitated intra-company team meetings
  • Final project - which integrates weekly activities 

This program is designed for busy leaders—managers, directors, VPs, and C-suite—with the drive and desire to solve their organization’s critical business challenges. This short, focused program allows you to develop solutions for both near- and long-term challenges—without disrupting your day-to-day responsibilities. Job titles include senior leaders, mid-level & team leaders, project managers, and directors.

Sanjog Misra

Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow
Sanjog Misra is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on the use of machine learning, deep learning and structural econometric methods to study consumer and firm decisions. In particular, his research involves building data-driven models aimed at understanding how consumers make choices and investigating firm decisions pertaining to pricing, targeting and salesforce management issues. More broadly, Professor Misra is interested in the development of scalable algorithms, calibrated on large-scale data, and the implementation of such algorithms in real world decision environments.


Professor Misra currently serves as Co-Editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics and as Associate Editor at Management Science and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He has also served as an Associate Editor at Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research. Professor Misra is actively involved in partnering with firms in his research and has worked on various projects with companies such as Oath, Verizon, Eli Lilly, Adventis, Mercer Consulting, Sprint, MGM, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox Corporation, Ziprecruiter and Lucent Technologies with the aim of helping them design efficient, analytics-based, management systems that result in better decisions. He currently serves as an advisor to several startups in the marketing technology, measurement and AI space. At Booth Professor Misra teaches courses on Algorithmic Marketing. These courses bring his practical and research expertise in the algorithmic marketing domain into the classroom. He is hopeful that these classes will get students ready for the next evolution of marketing that he believes is already underway.


Prior to joining Booth, Misra was Professor of Marketing at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Professor at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. In addition he has been visiting faculty at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Jean-Pierre Dubé

Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor of Marketing and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar
Jean-Pierre Dubé is the Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Professor Dubé is also director of the Kilts Center for Marketing at the Booth School and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 2008-2010, he was a research consultant for the Yahoo! Microeconomics Research group.

His research interests include empirical quantitative marketing and empirical industrial organization, with specific interests in pricing, advertising, branding, digital marketing and retailing. This empirical focus is also reflected in his MBA course on pricing strategies, which is designed to teach students how to apply marketing models and analytics to develop pricing strategies in practice. Several of his recent research projects are in collaboration with companies in the US and in China.

Dubé’s work has been published in the The American Economic Review, Econometrica, The Journal of Marketing Research, The Journal of Political Economy, Management Science, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and The Rand Journal of Economics. He is an area/associate editor for The Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Marketing Science, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. He was the recipient of the Chicago Booth class of 2016 Phoenix Award for service to the extracurricular and community activities of the graduating class, the 2008 Paul E. Green Award for Best paper in the Journal of Marketing Research and of the 2005 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at the Chicago Booth. He was also the recipient of several MSI Research Grants, a Kauffman grant, and a Yahoo! Faculty Research Grant.

Dubé earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in quantitative methods in economics in 1995, a master's degree in economics in 1996, and a PhD in 2000 from Northwestern University. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000.

Günter J. Hitsch

Kilts Family Professor of Marketing
Günter J. Hitsch studies quantitative marketing and industrial organization. His research interests include dynamic models of firm and consumer decision-making with a specific focus on dynamic advertising, pricing, sequential experimentation, and consumer discount factor estimation. His recent research focuses on the application and development of ideas from the machine learning and causal inference literatures in marketing and industrial organization, including customer-targeting and optimal pricing. His research also focuses on understanding the structure of the U.S. retail industry, with a specific focus on pricing and promotion setting.


Hitsch's research has been widely published and he has been invited to give talks at the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Yale University, Northwestern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


He is the recipient of two Kilts Center Fellowships, a True North Communications Inc. Scholarship, and a Fellowship from the Ministry of Science in Austria. Hitsch is a member of the American Economic Association, American Marketing Association, the Econometric Society, and INFORMS.


He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Vienna in 1995. Hitsch received a master's degree in economics in 1997 and a master's degree in economics in 1998, as well as a PhD in economics in 2001 from Yale. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2001.


Hitsch enjoys skiing, cooking, and classical music. He wants his students to learn that "good marketing isn't fluffy."

Devin G. Pope

Professor of Behavioral Science and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow
Devin Pope studies a variety of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology. He has published work in top economics outlets such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies. He has also published in psychology and multidisciplinary outlets such as Management Science and Psychological Science.

Using primarily observational data, Pope studies how psychological biases play out in field settings and economic markets. Examples include left-digit bias and projection bias in car markets and time inconsistency in housing markets.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2010, Pope was on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley in 2007 and a BA in economics from Brigham Young University in 2002.

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July 13-August 23, 2020

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