Dr. Oliver Hauser is a Research Fellow at Harvard University, conducting research at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. His research focuses on two areas of inquiry: (1) behavioural ethics and (2) inequities in the workplace and in society. He teaches the core course "MGMT E-4000: Organizational Behavior" in the Management Unit at the Harvard Extension School.
Fascinated by how the human mind works and what makes us tick, Oliver earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 2016. His research agenda on organisational behaviour incorporates these fundamental insights and human biases in decision-making to help organisations and governments solve problems that matter. His work addresses ethical failures in the financial, charitable and tax sectors, as well as to helps reduce inequities of gender and race in the workplace and economic inequalities in society.
Combining organisationally theoretical inquiries with laboratory and field experiments, Oliver has collaborated with companies large and small. For example, he has conducted cutting-edge research with the Behavioural Insights Team in the UK Cabinet Office (“Nudge Unit”); the social-norm utility company Opower; the consulting branch of Deloitte; the New Mexico state government; and the crowdsourcing review platform Yelp.
At Harvard, Oliver is affiliated with the Behavioral Insights Group, the Women and Public Policy Program and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He has previously worked in the UK Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insights Team and at Yelp.com.
Oliver's work has been published in leading journals such as Nature and practitioners' outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, and covered by popular news organisations such as the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post. He has received many awards for his research and teaching, including Pacific Standard's "30 Top Thinkers Under 30", the Harvard University Richard J. Herrnstein Dissertation Prize, the Harvard John Parker Award, the Harvard merit fellowship, and several Certificates of Distinction in Teaching.