With 700+ participants and 50+ speakers from around the world, we are thrilled to say that this year's online event was a success! Better still, all sessions are now available to watch on YouTube.
Behavioural OR (BOR) can bring a helping hand and a fresh perspective to many OR disciplines, from system dynamics and simulation to supply chain management and decision analysis.
The speakers in this stream will share their insight on how BOR can bring benefits to modelling, multi-stakeholder processes and the design and implementation of OR studies. Therefore, this stream will help you to shine a new light on your practice, no matter which area of OR you specialise in. Modellers and researchers should find this stream particularly illuminating.
Human behaviour is present in many aspects of modelling. In this talk, we will explore the role of practitioner and client behaviour around the development of the model and eliciting behavioural insights and integrating them into the model.
How the OR practitioner interacts and engages the client from problem formulation through to solution implementation is a key mediating factor in the success of an OR project. We will explore approaches for engaging and eliciting information from the client to facilitate model development and implementation.
Each of our three fantastic speakers will be giving a 20-minute talk during the Behavioural OR stream.
University of Exeter
The facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes has been a long-standing concern of OR practitioners. Despite frequent use, the efficacy of problem structuring interventions (PSIs) in bringing about changes in collective behaviour remains contested.
This talk considers the ongoing challenge of understanding how PSIs facilitate purposeful collective action. Contrary to individualistic and cognition-focused approaches, this talk presents social practice theory (SPT) as an integrative theoretical perspective for the study of PSIs.
Applying SPT to a case study illuminates how interaction in situ may initialize changes to practices and suggests that PSIs may initiate collective behaviour changes by creating struggles for the legitimacy of meanings and encouraging the joint modelling of innovative socio-material practice constellations.
University of Bristol
The relevance of stakeholder behaviour is widely acknowledged in OR. However, the specific line of reasoning behind involving stakeholder behaviour often remains implicit. This is problematic as there are very different reasons with important implications for the design and implementation for OR studies.
This talk will demonstrate how to transform the often unconscious capability of addressing stakeholder behaviour in OR into a more conscious one. It will explore how to involve stakeholders, and which stakeholders to involve, for four different motives: improving decision quality, building consensus, improving relationships and the intrinsic value of involving stakeholders.