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Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos MPhil (Athens), PhD (Massachusetts)

Associate Professor (Reader) of Behavioural Operations

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Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos is Associate Professor (Reader) of Behavioural Operations at the Southampton Business School.  He is playing a key role in the emerging field of Behavioural Operations Research, and is the academic chair of The OR Society's corresponding Special Interest Group.

Konstantinos is also very active in the interdisciplinary area of Bounded Rationality, co-organizing the Annual Winter School in India on the topic. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Judgment and Decision Making, the flagship journal of the US Society for Judgment and Decision Making and the European Association of Decision Making.

Konstantinos works on integrating standard decision theory with the simple rules of thumb people actually use. He has made contributions to the understanding of the conditions under which simple models outperform more complex ones He has engaged with government and businesses on problems, characterized by complexity and uncertainty, in economics, management, and health. Konstantinos's work has been funded by organizations such as the NASA Ames Research Center, the German Science Foundation and the European Network for Excellence, published in academic journals such as Psychological Review, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological and the European Journal of Operational Research, and covered by newspapers and magazines such as the Tageszeitung, Founding Fuel and Science News. He regularly delivers lectures and short courses to academia and industry; Visit Prof. Konstantinos Katsikopoulos: David Blockley lectures in Systems for a lecture to a general audience and visit CogTalk June 2014: Blind to Reason? Cognitive illusions and (ir)rational thinking for a public debate on whether people think irrationally.

Konstantinos studied applied mathematics and cognitive psychology in Athens and Freiburg and then obtained a PhD in operations research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Afterwards, he was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and MIT; and an Associate Professor (W2) as well as Deputy Director at the Center for Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Konstantinos welcomes inquiries from highly interested doctoral students. For information on PhD scholarships, visit Funding for postgraduate research (PhD) Programmes page.

Research interests

Decision making: Prescriptive and descriptive.

Modelling of human behaviour.

Behavioural operations.

Research Projects:

 “Simple heuristics for a financially safer world”, with the Bank of England (Liaison: Dr David Aikman).

"Classification in the Wild: The Art of Transparent Decision Making" book project with Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Liaison: Professor Gerd Gigerenzer) and University of Bath (Liaison: Dr Özgür Şimşek).

“EFFECT: Executive Function Focused Effective Coaching Tool”, Technical Education Research Centers, Cambridge, MA (Liaison: Dr Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki)

"A psychological heuristics approach to sustainable packaging", with National Institute of Industrial Engineering (Liaison: Professor Sushmita Narayana)

"When will newsvendors make biased orders?", with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Liaison: Professor Vipin B.).

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Risk Research, CORMSIS Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems, Harding Centre for Risk Literacy

CORMSIS seminar organiser

CORMSIS research committee member

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Working Paper

MANG1007 “Management Analysis” (undergraduate module) 

MANG6235 “Application of Management Skills” (MBA core module)

MANG6129 “Research Methods” (postgraduate module co-ordinator)

Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.

Room Number: 2/5017

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