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Greg La Blanc

Berkeley Haas

At Berkeley Haas, Greg La Blanc teaches primarily in the areas of finance and strategy in the MBA and Masters of Financial Engineering programs and in Executive Education. La Blanc has also worked in competitive intelligence and litigation consulting and has advised consulting teams in finance, marketing, and strategy. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, finance, and psychology, in the area of business strategy and risk management. La Blanc is the recipient of teaching awards including the Earl F. Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Berkeley EWMBA Graduate Instructor of the year.

La Blanc received a BA (History, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) and a BS Economics (Business Administration) from the University of Pennsylvania, where he continued his education as a University Scholar and graduate fellow, studying in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Law. He later pursued a JD at the George Mason University and an LLM at UC Berkeley Law School. La Blanc has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of business. Prior to arriving at Berkeley Haas in 2005, La Blanc taught at Wharton, Duke, and the University of Virginia.

Biology, Complexity, and the Benefits of Bias

The popular conception of behavioral finance emphasizes human irrationality and suboptimal decision-making. An alternative view focuses on the ecological factors that have shaped human decision-making and highlights its contextual rationality. This approach also emphasizes the obstacles to changing human behavioral tendencies and highlights instead organizational design as a remedy for these tendencies.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 

9:20 - 10:10 a.m.