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

Hybrid Vigor: Securing Venture Capital by Spanning Categories in Nanotechnology

Published Research

This study develops and tests a set of novel theoretical predictions about the conditions under which category spanning is rewarded by external audiences. To do this, we revisit the assumption that comprehensible organizational identities are associated with individual categories.Read More

Stuck in the Middle: Decomposing the Status-Innovation Nexus

Funded Research Proposal

This study explores the link between status and innovation. While extant studies have tended to treat status as uni-dimensional and static, evidence suggests that it may be multifaceted and dynamic. Taking individual inventors as the primary level of analysis, the project decomposes status into different associative (e.g. where the inventor was trained) and achieved dimensions (e.g. her professional standing in the field).Read More