Sample case study

How would Winston Churchill handle North Korea, Iran and Russia in 2019?

How would Napoleon Bonaparte, Lord Marlborough, Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill or even Alexander the Great view the current situation with North Korea, Iran or Russia? How would these leaders of centuries and millennia past propose to handle these matters of current day? 

The Leader’s Perspective Series provides a glimpse into the views of leaders on current topics of global importance, with a focus on their perception and subsequent decision making propensities. Unlike other articles and series, it does so also for historical figures who are no longer with us. 

This is possible using an analytical framework that evaluates key individual and group attributes deduced from historical accounts and behaviour, then frames inclinations and propensities against current scenarios. Ultimately, what is required is a sufficiently in-depth, credible and suitable body of knowledge that can then be evaluated using the proposed analytical framework, in order to explore historical as well as current decision making by any individual, from any period. 

The author’s intention is to publish individual articles that will ultimately form parts of a book on the applied art and science of decision making.

Download a draft of this series which includes three case studies on Churchill.  


Churchill on North Korea, Iran and Russia (pdf)


Call for case study authors

An invitation to participate

This project will explore decision making across a host of disciplines and time periods, in order to help uncover and better understand the factors that influence leaders and organizations in their most important decisions. 

The envisioned output format for this study is that of a book (along with multiple articles) full of case studies, each of which examine one or more decisions by an individual or organization. 

These case studies will be relatively short, only 10-20 pages long (plus appendices) to aid in ease of authorship and consumption, and follow a consistent format so as to allow for lateral comparison and evaluation (using the ©SDMAT - Strategic Decision Making Assessment Tool). A full array of proposed chapters follow. 

Target readers of this work will be leaders and managers in both private and public sector organizations, as well as students of management, international relations and history. 

My kind request of you is to serve as a contributing author and to conduct one case study (or more if you wish) on any individual, decision or array of decisions of your choice, that assist in meeting the objectives and fall within the scope of this initiative. 


Chapter Outline


  • Introduction
  • The Science, Art & Technology of decision making
    • History of decision making as science and art
    • Review of techniques, frameworks and methods
    • Current landscape of research initiatives 
    • Current practices in decision making
      • Consulting firms and advisory groups, think tanks
      • Government agencies - Civilian, military, intelligence
      • International Organizations
    • Decision Making Technology
      • History of decision support technology
      • Current capabilities across domains
      • Gaps and opportunities
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Index 
  • Appendix - SDMT

Sample Case Study Topics (People, Events, Organizations)


Security, Military, Intelligence

Security, Military, Intelligence


  • Genghis Khan
  • Darius of Persia
  • Alexander the Great
  • Julius Caesar
  • Napoleon I
  • Charles de Gaulle 
  • Winston Churchill
  • Admiral Nelson
    Duke Wellington
  • George Marshall
  • Admiral William Halsey 
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Xi Jinping

  • US Presidents: Lincoln , Obama, Reagan, Clinton, Trump 

  • Israeli Leaders: David Ben-Gurion, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yitzhak Rabin

Security, Military, Intelligence

Security, Military, Intelligence

Security, Military, Intelligence


  • Israel
    • IDF AMAN
    • Mossad
    • Shaback/Shin-Bet
  • USA
    • CIA
    • NSA
    • FBI
    • DIA
    • Military Intelligence
  • UK
    • MI5
    • MI6
    • Military Intelligence
  • NATO


Security, Military, Intelligence



  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Tesla
  • Twitter

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