Shawn Curley

Shawn Curley

Professor, DGS & Ph.D. Program Director
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

Biography

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 & Activities.

  • Journal Articles
    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
  • Journal Articles
    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.
  • Journal Articles
    "Ripped from the Headlines: What Can the Popular Press Teach Us About Software Piracy?" S. Curley and S. Zamoon, Journal of Business Ethics (2008).
  • Book Chapters
    "Subjective Probability," S. Curley, Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Analysis and Assessment, eds. E. Melnick and B. Everitt (Wiley & Sons, 2008).
  • Journal Articles
    "The Application of Dempster - Shafer Theory Demonstrated with Justification Provided by Legal Evidence," S. Curley, Judgment and Decision Making (2007).
  • Journal Articles
    "Normative and Descriptive Analyses of Simpson's Paradox in Decision-Making," S. Curley and G. J. Browne, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2001).
  • Journal Articles
    "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).
  • Book Chapters
    "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).
  • Journal Articles
    "Evoking Information in Probability Assessment: Knowledge Maps and Reasoning-Based Directed Questions," S. Curley, G. J. Browne, and P. G. Benson, Management Science (1997).
  • Journal Articles
    "Improved Test-Retest Reliability Criteria as Applied to Probability Assessments," S. Curley and J. I. Golden, Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making (1996).
  • Journal Articles
    "Belief Assessment: An Underdeveloped Phase of Probability Elicitation," S. Curley, P. G. Benson, and G. F. Smith, Management Science (1995).
  • Journal Articles
    "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).
  • Journal Articles
    "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).
  • Book Chapters
    "Applying a Cognitive Perspective to Probability Construction," S. Curley and P. G .Benson, Subjective Probability, eds. G. Wright and P. Ayton (Wiley & Sons, 1994).
  • Journal Articles
    "Using Belief Functions to Represent Degrees of Belief," S, Curley and J. I. Golden, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1994).
  • Journal Articles
    "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).
  • Book Chapters
    "Individual Differences in Risk-Taking," S. Curley and P. Bromiley, Risk-Taking Behavior, ed. J. Frank Yates (Wiley & Sons, 1992).
  • Journal Articles
    "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).
  • Journal Articles
    "Knowledge Resource Preferences of Family Physicians," S. Curley, D. P. Connelly, E. C. Rich, and J. T. Kelly, Journal of Family Practice (1990).
  • Journal Articles
    "Physicians' Use of Medical Knowledge Resources: Preliminary Theoretical Framework and Findings," S. Curley, D. P. Connelly, and E. C. Rich, Medical Decision-Making (1990).
  • Journal Articles
    "Seeking and Applying Diagnostic Information," S. Curley, J. F. Yates, and M. J. Young, Acta Psychologica (1990).
  • Journal Articles
    "An Empirical Evaluation of Descriptive Models of Ambiguity Reactions in Choice Situations," S. Curley and J.F. Yates, Journal of Mathematical Psychology (1989).
  • Journal Articles
    "Psychological Sources of Ambiguity Avoidance," S. Curley, J. F. Yates, and R. A. Abrams, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (1986).
  • Current Research

    On-line auction design and behavior

  • Current Research

    Knowledge-based approach to managerial judgment and problem solving

  • Editorial Appointments

    Editorial board, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

  • Editorial Appointments

    Editorial board, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

  • Current Research

    User acceptance of personalization technologies

  • Current Research

    Ambiguity and uncertainty in judgment

  • Administrative Appointments

    Director of Graduate Studies & PhD Program Director

  • Current Research

    Ethical Decisions with Digital Goods

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