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Diversity and Performance: Networks of Cognition in Markets and Teams

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Project "BLINDSPOT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Kirby Corner Road - University House
postcode: CV4 8UW

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙492˙033 €
 EC max contribution 2˙492˙033 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UK (COVENTRY) coordinator 1˙988˙224.00
3    FUNDACION ESADE ES (BARCELONA) participant 233˙258.00


 Project objective

Contemporary organizations face three interrelated, but analytically distinguishable, challenges. First, they should be alert to mistakes that could be catastrophic. Second, they need to allocate attention, especially to correct past mistakes and to make accurate predictions about future developments. Third, they should be innovative, able to stand out from existing categories while being recognized as outstanding. This project investigates these cognitive challenges with the aim of developing a comprehensive sociological approach to study the social properties of cognition. Research on error detection, attention allocation, and recognizant innovation will be conducted in three distinct settings strategically chosen so the scale and complexity of the performance challenges increases across the cases. The research question that cuts across the socio-cognitive challenges asks whether and how diversity contributes to performance. 1) We first test whether social context, understood at the most basic level as the composition of a small collectivity, affects the cognitive activity of pricing. To do so, I use experimental market methods to test whether ethnic and gender diversity deflate price bubbles by disrupting herding behaviour. 2) The second study tests how the social structure of attention affects valuation. The activities involve error correction and accuracy of prediction in estimates by securities analysts; the method is two-mode network analysis; and the timing, intensity, and diversity of attention networks are the effects to be tested. 3) Whereas my first two tests examine relations among competitors, my third examines relations within and across collaborative teams. In studying the network properties of creativity, the challenge is recognizant innovation, the activity involves recording sessions in the field of music, the method is cultural network analysis, and the effects to be tested are the combined effects of stylistic diversity and social structure.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 David Stark
For What It\'s Worth
published pages: 383-397, ISSN: 0733-558X, DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20170000052011
Research in the Sociology of Organizations Volume 52 2020-01-20
2018 Watkins, Elizabeth & Stark, David
The Möbius Organizational Form: Make, Buy, Cooperate, or Co-opt?
published pages: , ISSN: 1971-8853, DOI: 10.6092/issn.1971-8853/8364
Sociologica Issue 1 2018 2020-01-20
2017 Sheen S. Levine, Mark Bernard, Rosemarie Nagel
Strategic Intelligence: The Cognitive Capability to Anticipate Competitor Behavior
published pages: 2390-2423, ISSN: 0143-2095, DOI: 10.1002/smj.2660
Strategic Management Journal 38/12 2020-01-20
2018 Erik Aadland, Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani
The Social Structure of Consecration in Cultural Fields: The Influence of Status and Social Distance in Audience-Candidate Evaluative Processes
published pages: 129-157, ISSN: 0733-558X, DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20180000055006
Research in the Sociology of Organizations 55 2020-01-20
2016 Sheen S. Levine, Charlotte Reypens
Small Differences in Experience Bring Large Differences in Performance
published pages: 123-143, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Experimental Economics and Machine Learning 2016 2020-01-20
2016 Arie Y. Lewin, Chi-Yue Chiu, Carl F. Fey, Sheen S. Levine, Gerald McDermott, Johan Peter Murmann, Eric Tsang
The Critique of Empirical Social Science: New Policies at Management and Organization Review
published pages: 649-658, ISSN: 1740-8776, DOI: 10.1017/mor.2016.43
Management and Organization Review 12/04 2020-01-20
2017 Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Andrea Lanza
Deconstructing the Outsider Puzzle: The Legitimation Journey of Novelty
published pages: 965-992, ISSN: 1047-7039, DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2017.1161
Organization Science 28/6 2020-01-20
2019 Elena Esposito, David Stark
What\'s Observed in a Rating? Rankings as Orientation in the Face of Uncertainty
published pages: 26327641982627, ISSN: 0263-2764, DOI: 10.1177/0263276419826276
Theory, Culture & Society 2020-01-20
2018 Erik Aadland, Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani
Friends, Cliques and Gifts: Social Proximity and Recognition in Peer-Based Tournament Rituals
published pages: , ISSN: 0001-4273, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.0437
Academy of Management Journal 2020-01-20
2018 Sheen S. Levine
Show Us Your Data: Connect the Dots, Improve Science
published pages: 433-437, ISSN: 1740-8776, DOI: 10.1017/mor.2018.19
Management and Organization Review 14/2 2020-01-20

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