Rady Professor McKenzie Awarded NSF Grant to Encourage Collaboration Among Decision Making Experts

By Keri Peckham, Rady School of Management

Professor Craig McKenzie

Craig McKenzie, who is a professor of management and strategy at the Rady School, as well as a professor in UC San Diego’s department of psychology, has been awarded a conference grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The conference grant, which pays for speakers’ travel fees and administrative costs, is a joint award with Alan Schwartz, a professor at the University of Illinois Medical School.

Professor McKenzie studies decision making in the face of uncertainty, as well as how to help people make better decisions. While there are two related societies for those in the decision making field, they rarely interact with one other. According to Professor McKenzie, the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) is relatively theory-oriented and the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) is relatively applied. Professor McKenzie’s goal is to foster communication and collaboration between the two groups.

The funding provided by the NSF Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences program will support a special symposium at the SMDM annual conference in October featuring SJDM speakers discussing decision making topics SMDM scholars should know more about. Each SJDM speaker has been paired with a SMDM researcher whose basic work complements their applied work and these research pairs will present together.

In addition, a second symposium will take place at the SJDM meeting in November featuring SMDM speakers discussing medical decision making research that connects with judgment and decision making work, but has not been widely disseminated in the judgment and decision making literature. Like the first symposium, the organizers have paired each speaker with a complementary SJDM speaker.