PhD

Economic Sociology Seminars

 Seminars take place on Wednesdays via Zoom from 4:00-5:30 p.m unless otherwise noted. Please contact Ryan Harrington (ryanharr@mit.edu) for additional details, or to request to be placed on our mailing list. 

Fall 2021

  • September 22, 2021

    Brian Rubineau, McGill

    Job experience, gender, and the application decision: A within-individual analysis.

     
  • September 29, 2021

    Mohammad Fazel Zarandi

  • October 6, 2021

    Carolyn Fu, MIT Sloan

     

    Setting the Stage: The Interplay of Firm Boundary and Learning at the Opera.  

    Vertical integration has traditionally been understood as having distinct advantages for systemic innovation – enabling firms to experiment with different combinations of resources, so as to achieve valuable innovations in product architecture. However, the possibility for disintegrated markets to also provide such innovations has not been well investigated. In this study, we see that if specialized producers in a disintegrated market are motivated by reputational concerns, they likewise experiment with valuable product architectures they can participate in. The market then offers a multitude of systemic innovations that a given firm can leverage. Furthermore, the availability of these systemic innovations in the market means that greater integration can in fact be detrimental to a firm’s attempts to innovate. This study examines this opportunity and challenge through the surprising disintegration of an opera company, which sought to integrate for the sake of systemic innovation, but ultimately abandoned this in order to leverage the novel product architectures offered by specialized producers in the market. This study utilizes both a qualitative archival analysis and a computational simulation to clarify the benefits that market-level search for systemic innovations can offer, and demonstrate how a firm can in fact undercut this value by attempting to integrate.  

     
  • October 20, 2021

    Abdullah Almaatouq and Colin Fogarty

  • November 17, 2021

    Diane Vaughan, Columbia