Seminars & Events

Learn From Faculty Whose Theories
Are Reshaping The Field

Date & timeLocationSpeaker  AffiliationTitle
Friday, May 17, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Cornell Hall 

Loran Nordgren
Northwestern Kellogg

The (constrained) Strength of Behavioral Interventions. Abstract

The (constrained) Strength of Behavioral Interventions

Abstract: Nations and organizations have become increasingly interested in using interventions or “nudges” to promote personal wellness (e.g., retirement savings) and prosocial behavior (e.g., recycling). Behavioral interventions can powerfully alter behavior, but also frequently fail to produce the intended results. In four online experiments (N = 9,696) and one field experiment (N = 46,490), we test a series of well-validated interventions and demonstrate that the effectiveness of each intervention depends upon its position on the effort-cost continuum, which captures the degree of effort required to perform the behavior. We find evidence that interventions have little to no impact on behavior at the tails of the effort-cost continuum (when performing the behavior is easy or difficult) but can have a substantial impact toward the midpoint. We discuss how policymakers can use knowledge of the effort-cost curve to more effectively target interventions.

Friday, April 12, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Cornell Hall 
Thomas Mussweiler
London Business School
Social Comparison: Ubiquity and Flexibility of a Basic Mechanism.
Friday, April 5, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Cornell Hall 
Ya-Ru Chen
Cornell S.C. Johnson
My Boss is Younger, Less Educated, and Has a Shorter Tenure: Interactive Effect of Status (In)congruence and Supervisor Competence on Subordinates' Fairness Perception and Work Motivation.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Cornel Hall
Nathanael Fast
USC Marshall
Humans Judge, Technologies Nudge: Behavior Tracking and the Future of Work.
12/07/2018 Alice Lee (Faculty recruitment Candidate) More than Cheap Talk: How, When, and Why Accounts Matter in Social Exchange
12/05/2018 Allie Feldberg (Faculty recruitment Candidate) Butchers, Bakers, and Barcharts: How digitized information affects gender differences in performance
12/03/2018 Julianna Pillemer (Faculty recruitment Candidate) Bounded authenticity: The paradox of being genuine in professional interactions
11/28/2018 Sherry Wu (Faculty recruitment Candidate) Having a voice in your group: Field experiments on behavioral and attitudinal effects
09/28/2018 Li Huang
To Thine Own Self Be True, Or Others Would Seem False Too: Personal Inauthenticity Increases Cynical Disillusion
02/22/2018 Nathanael (Nate) Fast
USC Marshall
Humans Judge, Technologies Nudge: Behavior Tracking and the Future of Work.
02/01/2018 Batia Wisenfeld
NYU Stern
Cognitive Flexibility and Seeing the Forest or the Trees: A Construal Level Analysis of Employee Selection, Organizational Change and Entrepreneurial Funding.
05/19/2017 Ya-Ru Chen (Cornell) Speaker Series
05/12/2017 Flannery Stevens (University of Utah) Speaker Series
04/28/2017 Emily Bianchi (Emory) Speaker Series
04/14/2017 Eric Anicich (USC) Speaker Series
03/10/2017 Andrew Knight (Washington University in St. Louis) Speaker Series
02/24/2017 Madeline Heilman (NYU; UCLA Anderson Visiting Scholar) Speaker Series
11/15/2016 Christopher Bryan (Booth) A Case for a Return to Lewinian Action Research
11/15/2016 Christopher Bryan (Booth) A Case for a Return to Lewinian Action Research
11/14/2016 Eugene Caruso (Booth) Egocentric Ethics
10/31/2016 Sreedhari Desai (UNC - Chapel Hil) Gender Congruent Contexts and Counter-stereotypical Exemplars: Women as Risk Seekers
10/28/2016 Hengchen Dai (Olin) Fresh Starts: A Double-Edged Sword
10/10/2016 Jane Risen (Booth) Believing What We Know Isn't So: Acquiescence to Superstitious Beliefs and Other Powerful Intuitions
10/07/2016 Rachel Ruttan (NYU) The Instrumental Use of Sacred Values
05/05/2016 David Mayer (Univ. Mich Ross) Is Business a Moral Domain?
04/29/2016 Steven Blader (NYU Stern) Status and its functions: Implications for social regulation, the self-concept, and subjective well-being
03/18/2016 Katy DeCelles (rotman, Univ. of Toronto) Whitened Résumés: Race and Self-Presentation in the Labor Market.
02/26/2016 Sarah townsend (USC Marshall) N/A
02/26/2016 Samir Nurmohamed (UPenn Wharton) Against the odds: Can low expectations foster success?
11/20/2015 Dolly Chugh (NYU Stern) Bounded Ethicality
11/06/2015 Daniel Cable (London Business School) Putting your Best Self to Work: How Best-Self Activation Influences Emotions, Physiology, and Employment Relationships
10/30/2015 Nour Kteily (Northwestern Kellogg) The Darker Demons of our Nature: Exploring the Prevalence, Potency, and Roots of Blatant Dehumanization
04/03/2015 Barbara Lawrence (UCLA Anderson) Demographic Inertia and Increasing the Percentage of Women in University Departments
04/10/2015 Modupe Akinola (Columbia Business School) It's Good to Be the King: Neurobiological Benefits of Higher Social Standing
04/24/2015 Gerardo Okhuysen (Paul Merage School of Business) Where we begin and where we end: The use of abduction for generating explanation and theorizing in organizations and management research
05/08/2015 Susan Perkins (Kellogg School of Management) Can Female Leaders Mitigate the Negative Effects of Racial Diversity? National Leaders and Structural Shifts