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Grant secured to assess why decision makers neglect evidence from quantitative models

26 May 2017
Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos
Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos

Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos, an Associate Professor in the Centre for Risk Research, was recently successful in securing a grant of £4,200 from Southampton Business School to conduct studies that will explore why decision makers might neglect evidence from quantitative models.

The research will be at the cutting-edge of the emerging field of Behavioural Operations and will specifically address two key questions: Do decision makers neglect “rationalist” evidence and, if so, why might they do this? More specifically, the research will examine the extent to which decision makers utilise or ignore the evidence that is produced and presented by quantitative methods, such as simulation models of large systems and descriptive and inferential statistics.

Dr Katsikopoulos (Principal Investigator), Dr Jonathan Klein and Professor Sally Brailsford (Co-Investigators) will conduct the research during the summer of 2017 and will employ a systematic literature review, survey questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The outcomes of the project will be used to support an application for a larger research grant on understanding and improving evidence-based decision and policy making.

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