If you’ve been in the field of behavior analysis for any length of time, it’s more than likely that you’re aware of the significant business issues that’s been plaguing the field. Major issues such as MASSIVE billing fraud (that we know of) and unethical decision-making leading to poor client outcomes and challenging work environments for ethical BCBAs, RBTs and others who care about ethics.
During the 2nd module in our Organizational Ethics & OBM Series, we took a lo how Performance Management can be used as a tool to means to control unethical business practices. Within the past 7 to 10 years, the field of behavior analysis has become big business for private equity (PE) firms. With each successful financial exit, the temptation to “drive for profit” increases exponentially to take advantage of the short window of opportunity during which field is able to provide higher than average sale multiples – typically 5 to 7 times earnings.