Today we share an article from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management about the perils of strict quantitative thinking. It is headlined, "Are Bean Counters More Selfish?"
As the article states, when we describe someone as being “calculating,” that is seldom a compliment. Indeed, a study suggests that people who take a purely quantitative approach to decision making are more likely to act selfishly or unethically.
The researchers suggest that while we should not ignore “the numbers” when we make a decision, we also need a trigger to ensure that we are considering the social consequences of those choices.