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Corporate Capital Budgeting – Success Factors from a Behavioral Perspective

  • Capital budgeting or investment decisions have an essential influence on companies’ performance. Instead of a rational choice, capital budgeting might be regarded as a process of reality construction. Research suggests that decision makers have only limited control over their own cognitive biases in this construction process. It is in this perspective that this paper intends to answer the following research question: What are behavioral determinants for a successful capital-budgeting decision process? The authors identify and discuss three behavioral success factors (reflective prudence, critical communication and outcome independence) for five stages of the capital budgeting process against the backdrop of the findings of the managerial and organizational cognition theory and cognitive psychology.

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Author:Avo Schönbohm, Anastasia Zahn
URN (permanent link):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-34198
Serie (Series number):Beiträge zur Controlling-Forschung (21)
Editor(s):Volker Lingnau
Document Type:Working Paper
Language of publication:English
Publication Date:2012/12/21
Year of Publication:2012
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Date of the Publication (Server):2013/02/11
Tag:Controlling; capital-budgeting; cognitive biases; decision
Number of page:IV, 34
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC-Cassification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):Standard gemäß KLUEDO-Leitlinien vom 10.09.2012