Addressing Social, Business and Economic Issues
via Research in Judgment and Decision
Friday, March 9, 2012 from 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
A symposium jointly sponsored by the
University of Maryland's
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Decisions have serious consequences, including for health, relationships, financial
well-being, national security, business, economics, politics and the environment.
What does state-of-the-art research have to say about human judgment and decision
making? And what are implications of these recent findings for individuals and for
Guests gathered at Van Munching Hall on March 9 at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, for a day-long symposium to address these issues.
This symposium was hosted jointly by the University of Maryland's College of Behavioral
and Social Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
The conference featured four prominent researchers who study decision making
from behavioral, social, cognitive science, and business perspectives: Eric Johnson
(Norman Eig Professor of Business at Columbia University), Barbara Mellers (I. George
Heyman Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania), Philip Tetlock
(Leonore Annenberg University Professor in Democracy and Citizenship in the Departments
of Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania) and Elke Weber (Jerome
A. Chazen Professor of International Business at Columbia Business School and Professor
of Psychology and Earth Institute Professor at Columbia University).
The four speakers presented their research during a series of talks in
the morning. The afternoon began with a panel discussion on the role of judgment
and decision-making research on addressing social, environmental, economic and business
issues. The panel, featuring the four speakers was moderated by Smith School
Vice Dean Hugh Courtney, Professor of the Practice of Strategy and author of
20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World. Following the panel discussion,
each of the four speakers led a 90-minute research seminar on the topic of
their morning presentation with a smaller group of attendees.
J. Johnson, Columbia University
Professor Johnson's talk
Barbara Mellers, University
Professor Mellers' talk
Philip E. Tetlock,
University of Pennsylvania
Professor Tetlock's talk
Elke U. Weber, Columbia
Professor Weber's talk
Hugh Courtney, Vice Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Information on our Speakers
and Moderator can be found at this link.
Also available at this link is
an abstract of each talk, and suggested readings for the afternoon seminars.
The symposium schedule is as follows:
Questions about the symposium may be addressed to Carol Cron, via e-mail at
email@example.com or via phone at
This Joint BSOS-Smith School Decision Symposium is organized by the following
University of Maryland faculty and doctoral students: