Buyer beware! How cognitive biases can influence the hiring of consultants by public servants

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Abstract

Strategies to limit consultancy spending by public sector organizations have focused primarily on system-level changes, such as more financial transparency and budget caps. These interventions fail to consider the actions of public servants at the individual level and especially how cognitive biases shape their decisions to hire a consultant. This article builds on research in behavioural public administration to explore how biases could influence consultancy hiring and proposes a more holistic approach to fostering better consultancy hiring practices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Money and Management
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2024

Keywords

  • Cognitive biases
  • consultancy
  • hiring decisions
  • procurement
  • public management

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