The TALBOK™ Model

Experienced decision makers can respond quickly to complex situations without much rational analysis. This situational decision-making strategy requires little conscious deliberation, as the expert acts after recognizing the familiarity of the situation at hand with a previous situation. But when a novel problem arises, a different strategy is needed: experts need to pause and, after careful analysis, generate and choose alternatives to solve it. This analytical decision-making strategy is conscious, deliberate and can involve the processing of high quantities of data. These two strategies complement each other and occupy opposite ends of a decision continuum.

Research shows that the situational strategy requires skills and principles developed through previous experiences, while the analytical strategy relies on the use of analytical tools that support complex decision-making. TALBOK™ organizes these skills, principles and tools as a framework and methodology for effective decision-making, as they apply to people, processes and governance in knowledge-intensive work.

TALBOK™ can be used in two different ways: as a framework to develop decision-making skills and as a methodology to address critical issues. In the first case, people learn about the observable behaviors and tools that characterize successful decision-making. In the second case TALBOK™ serves as a guide to identify desired behaviors across governance, processes, people, and technology.

Proven Success

I highly recommend this framework. It absolutely highlights where to allocate precious resources to maximize performance. It is an ideal method that literally captures ongoing work, interdependencies, responsibilities and needed input. It literally makes visible your decision processes, making it easier to accomplish outcomes.”

Karen Ferrante
Chief Medical Office
Tokai Pharmaceutical

You have to initially work to identify your unique needs. Then, no matter the size of the team, or the nature of the problem, the program can be tailored to your needs so you can systematically make work simpler to manage.”

Nicole Wagner, PhD

My team and I use a TALBOK™ competency map to translate our goals into concrete performance indicators, analyze what practices are missing or need to be emphasized when there are problems, and orient us towards the decision-making tools we should use to reach our targets. Most of all, TALBOK™ gives us a common framework to guide day-to-day decision making."

Thomas Stammberger
Director of Education Services
Axeda Software

The TALBOK™ framework helped us focus on the goals and create the dynamics to deliver on them."

Rita Nieves
Women Services Director
Boston Public Health Commission

The creation of our professional services business unit greatly benefited from the TALBOK™ approach."

Patricia Howard
Quality Assurance Consultant
Segue Software

After more than 20 years of experience I was initially reluctant to embrace any change to my teaching practice. Today, I not only use TALBOK™ to help me make decisions for course design and delivery; I am also involved in an institutional initiative that requires all new professors participate in the customized TALBOK™ online program Dr. Stammberger developed for us."

Teresa Videa
Sociology Professor
National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH)

After participating in a TALBOK™ Workshop, it is clear to me how our business unit's competence in social presence has increased our ability to reach quarterly performance indicators. TALBOK™ connects it all."

Joseph Ferrill
Director of Strategic Services

Iris Stammberger harmoniously combines in her work the most demanding theoretical formulations with the most efficacious practical applications. She combines in her personality a delicate sensitivity with a tenacious character. I am convinced that TALBOK™ will have a significant impact wherever it is applied."

Carlota Perez-Perez
London School of Economics
Strategic Management Consultant
Technological Revolutions Researcher