Walton College to Host Behavioral Operations Conference




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The Sam M. Walton College of Business is hosting the 15th Annual Behavioral Operations Conference June 13-15 at the U of A’s Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development. Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Behavioral Operations Center and Lab and Economics at the University of Texas, Elena Katok will be the keynote speaker.

Katok will talk about the importance of replication in behavioral research and explore how scientific results are not due to a particular set of circumstances so that we can trust the results with confidence.

Other conference topics will include how people make decisions for supply chain sustainability, retail operations and for health, education and chain analytics systems. supply. Walton College is sponsoring the event this year as the research themes are aligned with the college’s strategic research initiatives.

The Behavioral Operations Conference focuses each year on individual choices. Despite automation and sophisticated technological systems, people are still at the heart of business processes and the supply chain, and human decision-making is still an integral part of how modern businesses operate.

This conference attracts researchers from around the world who seek to understand how to make the most of human knowledge and skills that are difficult to replicate with systems. They also seek to understand how to compensate for biases, social pressures, cognitive limitations, and other reasons why humans make poor decisions.

This year, the conference returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and rotates between many universities around the world. Past hosts include those in the United States such as the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Wisconsin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and others. Former European host universities include those in France, Germany and the Netherlands. This year, participants come from all over the world, including Australia, Israel, Europe and the United States.

Walton College hosts a dinner lecture for participants in the Supply Chain Hall of Fame in Rogers, Arkansas.

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