10th Triennial

Invitational Choice Symposium

May 14 – 17, 2016
Lake Louise, AB, Canada

The 10th Triennial Invitational Choice Symposium will be hosted by the University of Alberta School of Business in May of 2016. It will be co-chaired by Gerald Häubl and Peter Popkowski Leszczyc. The event will begin with a welcome reception and dinner in the evening of Saturday, May 14, and conclude with a dinner and social event in the evening of Tuesday, May 17. It will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise located in Alberta’s Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

The purpose of the Triennial Invitational Choice Symposium is to provide a forum for in-depth interaction among leading scholars (from various scientific disciplines) in the domains of human choice behavior and decision making, broadly defined. The Choice Symposium is designed to facilitate discourse that will lead to advances both in our theoretical/substantive understanding of how people make choices and in the methods for studying choice behavior. The Symposium entails a number of parallel workshops on specific, well-defined themes. Each of the workshops is (a) organized by two or three thought leaders on a theme that they propose and (b) attended by about 10-12 additional participants who are invited by the workshop organizers.

Scholars who are interested in organizing a workshop on a specific theme for the 2016 Choice Symposium may submit a proposal by September 15, 2015 (see below for details). Priority will be given to workshop proposals that focus on topics that are of broad relevance and that span multiple academic disciplines. Workshop organizers are responsible for recruiting a roster of participants for their proposed session. Ideally, this group will include individuals with diverse backgrounds and from a variety of disciplines. Workshop participants should be scholars who have made significant contributions to the topic area or who, based on their work in cognate or related areas, can be expected to make such contributions in the future.

The co-organizers of accepted workshops develop an agenda for their workshop sessions prior to the Symposium. All participants are expected to attend the entire event and actively participate in the discussions in their workshop. Each workshop group produces a brief report summarizing its discussions. These reports will be made available to all Choice Symposium attendees to facilitate the sharing of ideas and insights across workshops. Moreover, the Symposium co-chairs will explore the possibility of co-editing a special issue of a journal (Marketing Letters) featuring a collection of short review/position papers based on some of the workshops.

Workshop proposals should include the following:

  • The theme of the proposed workshop.
  • The names of the workshop co-organizers (no more than 4), along with their affiliations and contact information.
  • A description of the proposed workshop theme, including a brief characterization of the current state of knowledge in the relevant domain(s), as well as a vision statement outlining how the workshop is expected to stimulate, and set the course for, important new research related to the theme. (This part must not exceed 400 words in length.)
  • A (short) list of key references.
  • A list of workshop participants, along with their affiliations and contact information, as well as an indication of who has already committed to attending the Symposium if the workshop proposal is accepted. This list should include at least 8 and no more than 13 individuals (not counting the workshop co-organizers).

Workshop proposals must be submitted (in PDF format) to by September 15, 2015.

Submitted workshop proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Program Committee (see below). Decisions about acceptance/non-acceptance will be based on the input from the Program Committee, and communicated to the corresponding co-organizers of the workshop proposals by November 1, 2015.

In order for an accepted workshop to be included in the Choice Symposium program, all of its participants must register for the event by January 31, 2016.

Program Committee

Greg Allenby (Ohio State University)
Ulf Böckenholt (Northwestern University)
Simona Botti (London Business School)
Bart Bronnenberg (Tilburg University)
Randy Bucklin (UCLA)
Darren Dahl (University of British Columbia)
Benedict Dellaert (Erasmus University)
Ravi Dhar (Yale University)
Jean-Pierre Dube (University of Chicago)
Tulin Erdem (New York University)
Avi Goldfarb (University of Toronto)
Rebecca Hamilton (Georgetown University)
Ernan Haruvy (University of Texas at Dallas)

John Hauser (MIT)
Ralph Hertwig (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)
Joel Huber (Duke University)
Jeff Inman (University of Pittsburgh)
Chris Janiszewski (University of Florida)
Eric Johnson (Columbia University)
V. Kumar (Georgia State University)
Robert Meyer (University of Pennsylvania)
Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
Eldar Shafir (Princeton University)
Itamar Simonson (Stanford University)
Joffre Swait (University of South Australia)
Michel Wedel (University of Maryland)

We look forward to receiving many interesting workshop proposals on a broad range of themes related to human decision making and choice behavior.

Gerald Häubl
Ronald K. Banister Chair in Business
School of Business
University of Alberta

Peter Popkowski Leszczyc
Professor of Marketing
School of Business
University of Alberta