The Analytic Framework

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The Analytic Framework: Module I – Core Certification Courses

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Competitive Blindspots - CI 301

WHEN: Ft. Lauderdale, FL: February 5, 2019 | New Orleans, LA: June 18, 2019
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Using a Harvard Business School case study you will learn how to:

  • Predict your industry’s evolution paths
  • Understand competitors’ behaviors and predict significant competitive moves
  • Pinpoint competitors’ soft spots, blindspots, and strategic vulnerabilities
  • Assess the importance of information and the right questions to ask your collection network
  • Evaluate your own company’s strategy and its blindspots, as well as pinpoint its vulnerabilities
  • Identify sources of critical change in the market
  • Create proactive intelligence to preempt competitors’ strategic moves

With this course, attendees will receive Dr. Gilad’s book, Early Warning (Amacom, 2003).

CI 301 – Competitive Blindspots – SAMPLE VIDEO

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Cross-Competitor Analysis - CI 302

WHEN: Ft. Lauderdale, FL: February 6, 2019 | New Orleans, LA: June 19, 2019
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ACIVerified_CIPIFinalThe goal of this high level course is to enable participants to assess the clustering of players in their industry and your relative positioning vis a vis other players. The model simplifies predictions of competitors’ moves and countermoves when multiple competitors are involved.

You will learn how to:

  • Refine their understanding of competitors’ behavior when there are several significant competitors
  • Use strategic mapping – a tool enabling executives to quickly assess their relative strategic positioning
  • Analyze paradigm shifts in industries undergoing rapid change or transition
  • Test the ability to make predictions about industries and competitors based on a few critical assumptions and minimal data

CI 302 – Cross-Competitor Analysis – SAMPLE VIDEO

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Structured Intelligence Analysis Techniques - CI 303

WHEN: Ft. Lauderdale, FL: February 7, 2019 | New Orleans, LA: June 20, 2019
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This course introduces students to a class of analytic techniques that contribute to the disciplined and objective analysis of intelligence.  The techniques covered in the course come from both business and intelligence community sources and will add to students’ toolkits of relevant analytic frameworks for competitive intelligence analysis.

In this course, you will develop a toolkit of structured analytic techniques (SATs) that have been selected by ACI faculty as highly relevant and valuable frameworks for competitive intelligence analysis.  They are highly complementary to traditional business techniques (such as Porter’s Five Forces and Value Chain Analysis) and provide analysts with strategies for managing, organizing, and evaluating data in a structured and unbiased way.  The SATs also enhance critical thinking skills and improve the impact and quality of intelligence findings, insights, and recommendations.  Using a combination of lecture, case studies, and exercises, students will have the opportunity to learn and work with this class of analytic techniques in a practical, collaborative, and challenging class environment.

You will learn how to:

  • A class of novel structured analytic techniques to improve critical thinking skills
  • How to select the right SAT for your intelligence projects and problems
  • How to deploy techniques including the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, Key Assumptions Check, and Devil’s Advocacy in a series of fast-paced, practical class exercises
  • How to use SATs to bolster the credibility and accuracy of your intelligence analysis

Ben Gilad is undoubtedly the best CI master in the world, his wisdom and experience in strategic intelligence is unparalleled…and he is also the funniest!
Heresh Rezavandi, UCB
There is no better way to learn your industry that through this course – especially your own company’s blindspots! Fabulous!
Tyler Oborn, Mars
The course forced me to think differently and more strategically. The small teams, combined with a dynamic and fast-paced instructor, made for a terrific learning experience.
Mark Edelstein, Lundbeck Inc.
If you want to improve your CI skills, this is the course you should take!
Eduardo Quintero, Janssen
Superb techniques, knowledge, examples – many years of experience brought to us in a strong CI skills well thought out and enthusiastic level MBA CI course.
Libby Bernal, BASF
This is the only course where pioneers and veterans of intelligence meet to produce the next generation!
Simon Sang, Kenya Pipeline Co.

The honest dialogue about corporate America & how strategy works in it, will help anyone in their own organization. It is easy to see how ACI has become a cornerstone for CI.
Jeff Orf, The Boeing Co.
I would highly recommend this seminar to anyone aiming at a career in competitive intelligence or strategy.
Tatjana Sparavalo, Itron Inc.

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