Laurel Austin

Expertise: Behavioural Economics, Decision Analysis, Risk Management

Laurel Austin

Laurel Austin is an Adjunct Research Professor in Management Science. As a behavioural decision theorist, Laurel applies decision science and behavioural science methods to understand how people perceive risk and how information framing predictably impacts choices. She builds on these insights to develop interventions and risk communications that improve informed decision making and risk management practices. She is currently examining how digital screening tools introduced throughout Canada as a response to the pandemic impact medical decision making. She has also researched risk perceptions and behaviour in high-risk occupations, retailer decision making, consumer insurance decisions, and computer-supported collaborative decision making. 

Prior to joining Ivey, Laurel was an Associate Professor of Strategic Decision Making and Risk Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. She earned her PhD in Management and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, and an MSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering at University of Michigan.


Strategic Thinking & Decision Making

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Learn to evaluate position and evidence in order to plan strategic action, overcome decision traps, and increase your decision readiness and confidence.

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July 30th, 2021

Why Cybersecurity Matters To All Leaders – Including You

Listen to a podcast episode on the importance of cybersecurity and how leaders can integrate cybersecurity measures into organizational culture hosted by Ivey Professor Mazi Raz.

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