The Future of Biopasteur - Supplement

Posted: 28 Feb 2012

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Giovanni Gavetti

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business

Francesca Gino

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: March 24, 2011

Abstract

The purpose of this exercise is to let students experience a few biases that can be deleterious to strategic decision-making. In particular, students are induced to fall into a confirmatory trap, and to experience other biases such as anchoring and sampling bias. Although the exercise can be performed individually, it is a better vehicle to explore how some team-level dynamics and structural choices can either increase or reduce the probability of falling into such biases. The exercise creates a situation that mirrors the one leading to the Challenger disaster.

Suggested Citation

Gavetti, Giovanni and Gino, Francesca, The Future of Biopasteur - Supplement (March 24, 2011). Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Case No. 711-509, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2012586

Giovanni Gavetti (Contact Author)

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

Francesca Gino

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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