An examination of behavioral economic nudges in technical management

Richard Burgess, Mario Beruvides

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Abstract

Building on insights from behavioral economics, Thaler and Sunstein advocate the use of nudging to promote beneficial outcomes. Even given a choice to opt out, nudges are structured in way that decision makers are likely to choose the option that is objectively most beneficial to themselves. This paper examines the use of nudges in the workplace. It begins with a discussion of the anatomy of a nudge and considers the benefits of deploying these on behalf of employees. Next, the authors examine if and how nudging fits into the ideologies of foundational thinkers in technical management such as Fayol, Taylor, and Deming. Special attention is placed on how nudges relate to employee motivation. The authors then analyze the ethical issues of using nudges in the workplace. The paper concludes with a preview of future projects intended to explore the effective use of nudges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
EditorsHarriet B. Nembhard, Katie Coperich, Elizabeth Cudney
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages1747-1752
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762461
StatePublished - 2017
Event67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: May 20 2017May 23 2017

Publication series

Name67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017

Conference

Conference67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period05/20/1705/23/17

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Management theory
  • Motivation
  • Nudge

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    Burgess, R., & Beruvides, M. (2017). An examination of behavioral economic nudges in technical management. In H. B. Nembhard, K. Coperich, & E. Cudney (Eds.), 67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 (pp. 1747-1752). (67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017). Institute of Industrial Engineers.