Societal Decision Making


In recent years, an increasing percentage of my time is devoted to societal decision making.  This work focuses predictable surprises, barriers to wise trade-offs, and environmental decision making.  The following are representative publications:

Bazerman, M.H. & Greene, J.D.  In Favor of Clear Thinking: Incorporating Moral Rules into a Wise Cost-benefit Analysis.   Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2010, 5(2), 209-212.

Bazerman, M.H.  Barriers to Acting in Time on Energy, and Strategies for Overcoming Them.  Environment, in press.   (This is a adaptation of a paper that originally appeared in K. Gallagher (Ed.), Acting in Time on Energy Policy. Washington, DC: Brookings, 2009.)

Bazerman, M.H., Tenbrunsel, A.E., & Wade-Benzoni, K.A. When “Sacred” Issues Are at Stake. Negotiation Journal, 2008, 24(1), 113-117.

Bazerman, M.H. Barriers to Acting in Time on Energy, and Strategies for Overcoming Them. In K. Gallagher (Ed.), Acting in Time on Energy Policy. Washington, DC: Brookings, 2009.

Rogers, T. & Bazerman, M.H. Future Lock-in: Future Implementation Increases Selection of ‘Should’ Choices. Organizational Behavioral and Human Decision Processes, 2008, 106(1), 1-20.

Bazerman, M. H.  Behavioral Decision Research, Legislation, and Society: Three Cases.  Capitalism and Society, 2007, 2(1), Article 3.

Hoffman, A., & Bazerman, M. H.  Organizations and the Sustainability Mosaic: Crafting Long -Term Ecological and Societal Solutions. In S. Sharma, M. Starik & B. Husted (Eds.), New Perspectives in Research on Corporate Sustainability (Vol. 3): Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.

Baron, J., Bazerman, M.H., & Shonk, K.  Enlarging the Societal Pie through Wise Legislation: A Psychological Perspective.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2006, (1)2, 123-132.

Bazerman, M.H.  Climate Change as a Predictable Surprise, Climatic Change, 2006, 1-15.

Bazerman, Max H., & Deepak Malhotra. "Economics Wins, Psychology Loses, and Society Pays." In D.D. Cremer, J. K. Murnighan, and M. Zeelenberg (Eds.), Social Psychology and Economics, (pp.263-280).  Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,  2006.

Bazerman, M.H., Moore, D.A., Tetlock, P.E., & Tanlu, L.  Reports of solving the conflicts of interest in auditing are highly exaggerated.  Academy of Management Review, 2006, 31(1), 1-7.

Moore, D., Tetlock, P., Tanlu, L., & Bazerman, M.H.  Conflicts of interest and the case of auditor independence: Moral seduction and strategic issue cycling.  Academy of Management Review, 2006, 31(1), 1-20.

Moore, D., Cain, D., Loewenstein, G., & Bazerman, M.H. Conflicts of Interest: Problems and Solutions from Law, Medicine, and Organizational Settings. London: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Bazerman, M.H. Conducting Influential Research: The Need for Prescriptive Implications. Academy of Management Review, 2005,  30, 25-31.

Bazerman, M.H., & Watkins, M.  Predictable Surprises, Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

Watkins, M., & Bazerman, M.H. Predictable Surprises. Harvard Business Review, March 2003.

Wade-Benzoni, K.A., Okumura, T., Brett, J.M., Moore, D.A., Tenbrunsel, A.E., & Bazerman, M.H.  Cognitions and Behavior in Asymmetric Social Dilemmas: A Comparison of Two Cultures.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002, 87, 87-95.

Wade-Benzoni, K.A., Hoffman, A.J., Thompson, L.L., Moore, D., Gillespie, J. & Bazerman, M.H.  Contextualizing Environmental Negotiations: Uncovering Barriers to Efficient Agreements.  Academy of Management Review, 2002, 27. 41-57.

Hoffman, A.J., Riley, H., Troast, J.G., & Bazerman, M.H.  Overcoming Cognitive and Institutional Barriers to Cooperation, American Behavioral Scientist, 2002, 45, 820-845.

Troast, J., Hoffman, A., Riley, H., and Bazerman, M.H. Institutions as barriers and enablers to negotiated agreements: Institutional entrepreneurship and the Plum Creek Habitat Conservation Plan. In A. Hoffman and M. Ventresca (eds.)  Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002.

Baron, J., & Bazerman, M.H.  Enlarging the pie by accepting small losses for large gains.  In R. Gowda & J. Fox (Eds.), Judgments, Decisions and Public Policy.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Bazerman, M.H., Baron, J., and Shonk, K. You Can’t Enlarge the Pie: Six Barriers to Effective Government, Basic Books, 2001.


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