B. (Behrang) Manouchehrabadi

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2013

PhD Project

Institutions and Organizations: How Institutions Affect Organizational Governance, Scope and Incentives

Individuals have limited capabilities to gather, absorb, and process information within a limited amount of time. Our limited cognitive abilities have therefore to be used effectively in order to deal successful with complex, vague situations. Organizations may enable the constraints of bounded cognition to be circumvented, so that more information can be gathered and a greater variety of expertise can be used in its compilation and evaluation than any individual or small group could achieve. An important theme is therefore that the functioning of organizations is not embodied in the parts, but in the organization of the parts. This is why organizations, groups of individuals, may be able to do more (make better decisions) than any single individual. Another important theme is that different governance structures aggregate the same local information in different ways. It entails that every structure of information channels leads inevitably to a certain bias in the provision of information. The choice of governance is therefore a choice between different kinds of biases because errors are typically systematic. The primary purpose of this project is to examine how governance structures differ in their organization of the cognition of bounded rational agents, and to identify the circumstances when a governance structure is efficient. The implications are analyzed regarding a variety of topics, such as governance structure and incentive system design, communication in cooperatives versus investor owned firms, the extent and direction contractual incompleteness, vested interests and governance structure, and so on.

Governance, bounded cognition, cooperatives.
Time frame
2015 -


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T10-55
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Supervisory team

Behrang Manouchehrabadi
Professor of Economics of Organization
Behrang Manouchehrabadi
Otto Swank
Professor of Microeconomics, in particular organizational economics