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I am a behavioral scientist focused on how individuals gain and maintain social status for themselves, and how they judge deservingness to allocate social status to others. My principal research interests combine organization theory, strategy, networks, and innovation; I use approaches from economic sociology, social psychology, and economics. I adopt interdisciplinary research tools – including experimentation, computational social science, and mixed-methods approaches. Building on Robert K. Merton's theories of status and competition, I endeavor to identify pathways to impact for society to solve its "wicked problems", especially inequality.
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
I teach courses at all levels (Undergraduate through Executive MBA) in organizational behavior, strategy & organization theory, negotiations, networks, innovation, and leadership.
My research focuses on awards and prizes. I study the design of, and the mechanisms that drive, competitions. My current work involves peer effects among elites, and invisible status effects during blinded judging. A second stream of my research examines innovation tournaments, and particularly Grand Challenge prizes. My ongoing projects include: prize scarcity, prize sharing, establishment of new prizes, and prize refusals.
Keywords: Status, Prizes, Hierarchy & Networks, Culture, Evaluation, The Matthew Effect, Elites, Innovation, Expertise, Meta-Research