The Shape of Utility Functions and Organizational Behavior

21 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2003

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Joost M. E. Pennings

Maastricht University; Wageningen UR

A. Smidts

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Date Written: January 2002 3,

Abstract

Based on measurements with 332 owner-managers, the global shape of the utility function (i.e., S-shaped versus concave or convex over the total range of outcomes) appears to discriminate organizational behavior. Whereas the degree of risk aversion, based on the local shape of the utility function, may be important in explaining owner-manager's trading behavior, the global shape of the utility function appears to drive more structural organizational behavior.

Keywords: organizational behavior, risk aversion, prospect theory, utility theory

JEL Classification: M, M31, C44, L29

Suggested Citation

Pennings, Joost M. E. and Smidts, Ale, The Shape of Utility Functions and Organizational Behavior (January 2002 3,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2002-18-MKT. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370967

Joost M. E. Pennings

Maastricht University ( email )

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Wageningen UR ( email )

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Wageningen, 6706KN
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Ale Smidts (Contact Author)

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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