Nudge: Manager as Choice Architect

Felin, Teppo (2014) Nudge: Manager as Choice Architect. Said Business School Working Paper 2014-13.

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss the role of manager as choice architect. The notion of nudging and choice architecture has received significant interest in law, economics and public policy. But the behavioral insights from this literature also have important implications for managers, HR professionals and organizations. In essence, employees are consumers of choice and are constantly confronted with a large array and interface of options, and this interface can be designed so as to maximize individual welfare and organizational outcomes.

I first discuss the theoretical foundations of the nudge idea and then highlight how managers can design effective choice architectures for the management of human capital. By way of illustration, I specifically focus on four practical areas: 1) nudge hiring, 2) nudge training and development, 3) nudge human capital and organization, and 4) nudge strategy and innovation. Throughout the paper I also point out comparative differences in decision making between contexts (e.g., consumer choice versus decision making in organizations), including implied debates, and also highlight novel opportunities for future research in management and strategy. I particularly focus on the possibilities associated with nudges and choice architectures at the nexus of organizations, crowds and aggregate decision making.

Item Type: Oxford Saïd Research Paper
Keywords: decision making, nudge, human capital, strategy, management, strategy & innovation
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 17:34
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 12:18
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5322

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