I am an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Behavioral Decision Making at UCLA Anderson. My research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral economics, strategy and innovation. I investigate how incentive schemes can be designed to enhance people’s motivation and organizational performance, with a special focus on non-financial incentives (e.g., recognition) in the knowledge economy. Much of my work draws on field experiments to identify causal effects. It is informed by consulting activities for organizations on the design of incentives and recognition schemes.
The overarching questions running through my work are: how to design incentive and work structures to motivate knowledge workers – both employees and voluntary contributors outside the boundaries of the firm? Under which conditions do non-financial rewards work, and what are their boundary conditions? What are the implications of an increasingly digital workforce for innovation management and strategy? Over the last few years, I have also begun a research stream that builds on my previous work on recognition, extending the research to the aim of promoting gender diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
At UCLA Anderson I teach Business Strategy in the full-time MBA program. I joined UCLA from Harvard, where I was a postdoctoral fellow. I received my Ph.D. in economics from the University of Zurich, with the distinction summa cum laude, and hold two master’s degrees, from Sciences Po Paris in France and the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. After joining UCLA I was appointed a Fellow in the Crowd Innovation Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. I am also a Fellow at the Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Switzerland, and an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.