Opportunity, Status, and Similarity: Exploring the Varied Antecedents and Outcomes of Category Spanning Innovation

Published Research

Studies have shown that actors who affiliate with multiple categories generally do so at their own peril. Still, category spanning is routinely observed, although it is less understood. We address this gap by a longitudinal study of category spanning among nanotube technology inventors. Read More

Cognitive Neighborhoods and the Valuation of Innovation: A Cross-National Analysis

Working Papers

To date, studies have focused on categories as segregating devices that distinguish between types of organizations and products. While this view has helped to advance insight about valuation and commensurability in general terms, we argue that this focus elides consideration of the ways in which categories convey patterns of similarity between different groups.Read More