Building genuine (decision-making) behaviour into economic models

Economists endeavour to emulate the behaviour of actors in economic contexts in order to calculate the consequences. The difficulty is this: Many at times restrictive assumptions concerning the behaviour of actors do not reflect the real world. A new project funded by the Anniversary Fund of the OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank) aims to get a better grasp on reality.

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A numbers person who models behaviour


Stephan Leitner realized at an early stage that he is a numbers person among the business and economics specialists, someone who feels more comfortable with the quantitative subjects than with the “softer” subjects. Today, following his recent habilitation, the newly minted associate professor pursues his research at the Department of Management Control and Strategic Management, where he is working on models that calculate the decision-making behaviour in companies as well as the effects of decisions, taking into account the behavioural sciences.

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Customers who pay for their purchases by card are less likely to remember the precise amount paid

The transparency of spending money depends on the mode of payment used: cash, single-function cards that offer only a payment function, or multifunctional cards which may also include bonus programmes, user identification or other functions. A recent study has shown that the recall accuracy associated with the act of paying is lower for both card formats than it is for cash transactions.

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Financial compensation: Handwritten messages & banknotes are better received

Money is money: so why should we care how it is given? A new study on complaint handling, recently published in the renowned Journal of Service Research, delivers fresh insights: People who complain react differently, depending on how the financial compensation is presented.

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Volunteering efforts encouraged by the company boost employees’ organisational commitment

Employees who volunteer are not only a boon for the image of the company: In cases where an organisation supports volunteering, it profits through increased organisational commitment. These are the key findings of a new study recently presented in the journal “Applied Psychology”.

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More (open) facts for everyone: Publication of the new open access journal “Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design”

Research conducted at state universities is mostly financed with public money: As such, knowledge is a public good and should therefore also be publically accessible. Tradition dictates that research results are published in scientific journals, which are of vital importance for the career paths of researchers. However, even today, these journals are usually published by large publishing houses, whose respective business models prescribe the raising of revenues from public libraries and academic institutions. This is the case even though almost all of the articles that come to be published are penned by researchers who are largely publically funded. What is more, to a significant extent, the selection and peer review process applied to the articles is also conducted by researchers who receive publically funded salaries. In most instances, the performance of these duties – generally considered to be part of the scope of reputable academic activities – goes unpaid. Meanwhile, over the past few years, the trend towards “open access” has steadily gained pace: Conventional journal contributions are either “bought out” from authors’ contracts and published in a publically accessible manner (green road), or articles appear in journals established specifically for this purpose, which are committed to the provision of open access (gold road). The first batch of open access journals following the “gold road” is now beginning to emerge in the economic sciences, among them the recently initiated “Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design”.

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3D-Drucker für Kärntner Schulen

Die Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt und die Kärntner Sparkasse machen es möglich: 11 Schulen in Kärnten werden durch eine Sparkassen-Förderung von 30.000 Euro mit 3D-Druckern ausgestattet.

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Ein Pionierprojekt der AAU motiviert Studierende im Bereich saubere Energie und nachhaltige Mobilität vorauszudenken

Das Institut für Produktions-, Energie- und Umweltmanagement der AAU veranstaltete am Wochenende erstmals die „Clean Energy Design Thinking Challenge“. 32 Stunden lang entwickelten Studierenden-Teams und Unternehmenspartner mit der Design Thinking-Methode innovative Ideen.

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Wirtschaft ist soziales Handeln: Artikel untersucht die Perspektiven von Schumpeter, Veblen und Bourdieu

Der Artikel, der von Dieter Bögenhold (Institut für Soziologie) gemeinsam mit den Athenern Panayotis G. Michaelides und Theofanis Papageorgiou veröffentlicht wurde, fokussiert auf die konzeptionelle Beziehung zwischen Schumpeter, Veblen und Bordieu. Das Paper gehört mittlerweile laut RePEc, einem zentralen Index wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Arbeiten, zu den meist-downgeloadeten Werken und hat in November 2016 den vierten Platz in den Downloads aller Forschungsartikel in der Welt erreicht.

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