Work Practices, Organizational Behaviors

Behavioral considerations take precedence in the design of all our work activities, from bench research to filling out expense reports...

The behavioral design approach looks at all the activities of an industrial setting through the lens of their impact on employee behaviors. It seeks behaviors that lead to effectiveness: creativity, passion, curiosity, batting-down-of-all-obstacles, etc. It seeks to eliminate behaviors seen as harmful to effectiveness. The outline of the behavioral design approach is shown above.

We use a variety of tools, within each of the key areas of focus, all aimed at affecting the means towards effectiveness. For example, we select a variety of types of tools (e.g., economic incentives, structural constraints, contractual agreements) to address problems of bias in governance officials with regards to the management of risk and uncertainty. As has been briefly illustrated, we dip into our toolbox to select candidate tools and then analyze them for their effect on the targeted behaviors. This would be similar to management techniques aimed at increasing productivity or efficiencies, only this time aimed at behaviors affecting creativity, passion and self-direction.


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