Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Dealing with Uncertainty (Sommersemester 2024)

Lecturer: Christoph Burger (Gastdozenten oder Dozenten der Uni-Potsdam)

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 2
  • Credits: 3
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.04.2024 - 15.04.2024
  • Examination time §9 (4) BAMA-O: 29.08.2024
  • Teaching Form: Block seminar
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Elective Module
  • Course Language: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 30

Programs, Module Groups & Modules

IT-Systems Engineering MA
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA
Software Systems Engineering MA
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-ML Management and Leadership


Digital transformation, internationalization, increasing competition, faster product cycles become a paradigm in today’s world. With these trends, uncertainty is increasing in all aspects of our life. How can we deal with this when making decisions or when negotiating?

This course aims to equip you with tools to deal with uncertainty in the field of decision making and negotiations to cope with uncertainty.

Decision making

  • Understanding key elements of a good decision
  • Framework for debiasing
  • Process to combine rationality and intuition
  • Options and hurdles when implementing evidence-based decisions into leadership culture


  • Preparing negotiations
  • Using and developing negotiation styles
  • Achieving win-win negotiations






The teaching methods consist of input sessions, exercises, case studies and allow students to test and develop their behavior. Participants will run through different exercises to develop their own personal decision making and negotiation guide. The sessions are setup in a way that you can experiment and learn while doing so.


Participant evaluation will consist of two parts:

  • Group assignment (60%) - You will be randomly put in groups.
  • Individual written documentation (40 %) of the group presentation (1 Word page).


28.08. and 29.08.2024
each 9 to 17 h
Exam: 14.09.2024, 9.30 - 12.30 h - participant presentations on decision making and negotiations assignments

Contact: christoph.burger(at)esmt.org