My dissertation examined how network churn, the dynamic process of adding and removing ties from one’s network, unfolds over time to affect individual performance. The first chapter of my dissertation is a theoretical essay on the previously undefined elements of network churn and the empirical challenges of studying network change. The second and third chapters are empirical studies in which I measure the network changes underpinning the performance of individuals within an organizational context and tease apart the changes that are made by the individual and those that are imposed upon the individual’s network by others. Both empirical studies are conducted in a U.S. based corporate law firm.
I am also interested in questions surrounding innovation, and particularly unusual technologies. In a recent paper (with Melissa Schilling and Barak Aharonson, forthcoming at Organization Science), I look at the cognitive search processes individuals use to explore uncharted areas of the technological landscape. We propose and find support for three processes: distant recombination, scientific reasoning, and long search paths that enable inventors to create outlier patents that are technologically distant from pre-existing patents. Full text: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3429364
I earned my Ph.D. in Management & Organizations from NYU's Stern School of Business. Before the doctoral program, I worked for Goodman Research Group (Cambridge, Massachusetts), where I conducted research on and evaluation of educational programs for clients, including LEGO, Discovery Channel, and NASA. I graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Psychology (with Honors) and Art History. I also played for the Williams Basketball team.