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date: 09 July 2020

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This article reviews the literature on superstitious behavior in psychology. It then illustrates why limited experimentation is a necessary feature of an intelligent learning policy and why limited experimentation can explain why individuals and organizations perpetuate superstitious behavior. It subsequently discusses several sources of superstitious behavior in organizations. Finally, the article notes that an implication of the author's analysis is that innovations will emerge from managers who are inclined to, or forced by stakeholders, to make unreasonable decisions that ignore the costs of experimenting.

Keywords: superstitious behavior, psychology, learning policy, intelligent adaptation, experimentation, organizations

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