Campuses:

Shawn Curley

Professor, DGS & Ph.D. Program Director
Carlson Information/Decision Sciences

Education

  • AB 1979
    mathematics and social sciences Dartmouth College

  • MA 1981
    mathematics University of Michigan

  • PhD 1986
    psychology University of Michigan

Expertise

  • Decision-making
  • Forecasting
  • Problem-solving
  • Risk-taking

Shawn Curley is a professor in the Information and Decision Sciences Department. He joined the Carlson School in September 1986 after completing an MA in mathematics and a PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests are in individual decision-making -- how decisions are made and how they can be aided. Of particular interest is the role of uncertainty in decision-making -- how we can capture individuals' judgments of uncertainty, how we can evaluate the quality of such judgments, and how uncertainty does and should impact our decisions. His teaching interests include the use of desktop technology to support decision-making, and the application of psychological and decision theory to the practice of management.

Selected Works

  • Adomavicius G, Curley SP, Gupta A, Sanyal P. (In press). "Impact of information feedback in continuous combinatorial auctions: An experimental study of economic performance," MIS Quarterly
  • Adomavicius G, Curley SP, Gupta A, Sanyal P. (2012). "Effect of information feedback on bidder behavior in continuous combinatorial auctions" Management Science, 58(4), 811-830.
  • "Ripped from the Headlines: What Can the Popular Press Teach Us About Software Piracy?" S. Curley and S. Zamoon, Journal of Business Ethics (2008).
  • "Subjective Probability," S. Curley, Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Analysis and Assessment, eds. E. Melnick and B. Everitt (Wiley & Sons, 2008).
  • "The Application of Dempster - Shafer Theory Demonstrated with Justification Provided by Legal Evidence," S. Curley, Judgment and Decision Making (2007).
  • "Normative and Descriptive Analyses of Simpson's Paradox in Decision-Making," S. Curley and G. J. Browne, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2001).
  • "The Effects of Subject-Defined Categories on Judgmental Accuracy in Confidence Assessment Tasks," S. Curley, G. J. Browne, and P. G. Benson, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1999).
  • "Reasoning with Category Knowledge in Probability Forecasting: Typicality and Perceived Variability Effects," S. Curley and G. J. Browne, Forecasting with Judgment, eds. G. Wright and P. Goodwin (Wiley & Sons, 1998).
  • "Evoking Information in Probability Assessment: Knowledge Maps and Reasoning-Based Directed Questions," S. Curley, G. J. Browne, and P. G. Benson, Management Science (1997).
  • "Improved Test-Retest Reliability Criteria as Applied to Probability Assessments," S. Curley and J. I. Golden, Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making (1996).
  • "Belief Assessment: An Underdeveloped Phase of Probability Elicitation," S. Curley, P. G. Benson, and G. F. Smith, Management Science (1995).
  • "Arguments in the Practical Reasoning Underlying Constructed Probability Responses," S. Curley, G. J. Browne, G. F. Smith, and P. G. Benson, Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making (1995).
  • "Probability Judgment Accuracy for General Knowledge: Cross-National Differences and Assessment Methods," S. Curley, K. M. Whitcomb, D. Onkal, and P. G. Benson, Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making (1995).
  • "Applying a Cognitive Perspective to Probability Construction," S. Curley and P. G .Benson, Subjective Probability, eds. G. Wright and P. Ayton (Wiley & Sons, 1994).
  • "Using Belief Functions to Represent Degrees of Belief," S, Curley and J. I. Golden, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1994).
  • "An Evaluation of the Reliability of Probability Judgments Across Response Modes and Over Time," S. Curley, K. M. Whitcomb, D. Onkal, and P. G. Benson, Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making (1993).
  • "Individual Differences in Risk-Taking," S. Curley and P. Bromiley, Risk-Taking Behavior, ed. J. Frank Yates (Wiley & Sons, 1992).
  • "Belief, Knowledge, and Uncertainty: A Cognitive Perspective on Subjective Probability," S. Curley, G. F. Smith, and P. G. Benson, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1991).
  • "Knowledge Resource Preferences of Family Physicians," S. Curley, D. P. Connelly, E. C. Rich, and J. T. Kelly, Journal of Family Practice (1990).
  • "Physicians' Use of Medical Knowledge Resources: Preliminary Theoretical Framework and Findings," S. Curley, D. P. Connelly, and E. C. Rich, Medical Decision-Making (1990).
  • "Seeking and Applying Diagnostic Information," S. Curley, J. F. Yates, and M. J. Young, Acta Psychologica (1990).
  • "An Empirical Evaluation of Descriptive Models of Ambiguity Reactions in Choice Situations," S. Curley and J.F. Yates, Journal of Mathematical Psychology (1989).
  • "Psychological Sources of Ambiguity Avoidance," S. Curley, J. F. Yates, and R. A. Abrams, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1986).

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

  • Director of Graduate Studies & PhD Program Director

Current Research

  • On-line auction design and behavior
  • Knowledge-based approach to managerial judgment and problem solving
  • User acceptance of personalization technologies
  • Ambiguity and uncertainty in judgment
  • Ethical Decisions with Digital Goods

Editorial Appointments

  • Editorial board, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
  • Editorial board, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Shawn Curley
(612) 624-6546
3-388 CarlSMgmt

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