Published Papers

“Reflecting Glory or Deflecting Stigma? The Interplay between Status and Social Proximity in Peer Evaluations” (with Erik Aadland, Denise Falchetti and Simone Ferriani). PLOS ONE. Forthcoming.

“The Aesthetic Turn in Strategy: Creating Value with Style” (with Simone Ferriani, Frederic Godart and Stoyan Sgourev). In G. Cattani, S. Ferriani, F. Godart and S. Sgourev (eds.), Aesthetic and Style in Strategy. Advances in Strategic Management. London, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Forthcoming.

“Tell Me Your Story and I Will Tell Your Sales: A Topic Model Analysis of Narrative Style and Firm Performance on Etsy” (with Donato Cutolo and Simone Ferriani). In G. Cattani, S. Ferriani, F. Godart and S. Sgourev (eds.), Aesthetic and Style in Strategy. Advances in Strategic Management. London, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Forthcoming.

“Studying the Incubation of a New Product Market through Realized and Alternative Histories” (with Daniel Engler and Joseph Porac), 2020, Strategy Science.(

“The Origins and Recognition of Radical Innovation: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective.” STATO E MERCATO (Il Mulino, English version), 2019, 117: 375-408.

“Friends, Cliques and Gifts: Social Proximity and Recognition in Peer-Based Tournament Rituals” (with Erik Aadland and Simone Ferriani). Academy of Management Journal, 2019, 62(3): 883-917.

“Evolutionary Chimeras: A Woesian Perspective of Radical Innovation” (with Giuseppe Carignani and Giusi Zaina). Industrial and Corporate Change, 2019, 28(3): 511-528.

“Competitive Sensemaking in Value Creation and Capture” (with Daniel Sands, Joseph Porac and Jason Greenberg). Strategy Science, 2018, 3(4):632-657.

“The Social Structure of Consecration in Cultural Fields: The Influence of Status and Social Distance in Audience–Candidate Evaluative Processes” (with Erik Aadland and Simone Ferriani). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2018, 55: 129-157.

“Deconstructing the Outsider Puzzle: The Legitimation Journey of Novelty” (with Simone Ferriani and Andrea Lanza). Organization Science, 2017, 28(6): 965-992. Lead article.

“How Commitment to Craftsmanship Leads to Unique Value: Steinway & Sons’ Differentiation Strategy” (with Roger Dunbar and Zur Shapira). Strategy Science, 2017, 2(1): 13-38.

“Categories and Competition” (with Joseph Porac and Howard Thomas). Strategic Management Journal, 2017, 38(1): 64-92.

“Exaptation as a Source of Creativity, Innovation, and Diversity in Evolutionary Sciences” (with Pierpaolo Andriani). Industrial and Corporate Change, 2016, 25(1): 115-131.

“Insiders, Outsiders and the Struggle for Consecration in Cultural Fields: A Core-Periphery Perspective” (with Simone Ferriani and Paul D. Allison). American Sociological Review, 2014, 78(3): 417-447.

“Tackling the ‘Galácticos’ Effect: Team Familiarity and the Performance of Star-studded Projects” (with Simone Ferriani, Stefano Mengoli and Marcello Mariani).  Industrial and Corporate Change, 2013, 22(6): 1629-1662.

“Value Creation and Knowledge Loss: The Case of Cremonese Stringed Instruments”  (with Roger Dunbar and Zur Shapira). Organization Science, 2013, 24(3): 813-830.

“Project-based Organizing and Strategic Management: A Long-term Research Agenda on Temporary Organizational Forms” (with Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen and Florian Täube). In Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen and Florian Taeube (eds.). Project-based Organizing. Advances in Strategic Management, 2011. London, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

“Business through Hollywood’s Lens” (with Batia Wiesenfeld). Harvard Business Review, 2010, 88(10): 146-147.

“The Relational Antecedents of Project-Entrepreneurship: Network Centrality, Team Composition and Project Performance” (with Simone Ferriani and Charles Baden-Fuller). Research Policy, 2009, 38(10): 1545-1558.

“A Core/Periphery Perspective on Individual Creative Performance: Social Networks and Cinematic Achievements in the Hollywood Film Industry” (with Simone Ferriani). Organization Science, 2008, 19(6): 824-844. (First runner-up for best OB paper published in 2008, OB Academy of Management Division.)

“Leveraging in-House R&D Competencies for a New Market: How Corning Pioneered Fibre Optics.” International Journal of Technology Management, 2008, 44(1/2): 28-52.

“The Structure of Consensus: Network Ties, Legitimation and Exit Rates of U.S. Feature Film Producer Organizations” (with Simone Ferriani, Giacomo Negro and Fabrizio Perretti). Administrative Science Quarterly, 2008, 53(1): 145-182.

“Reply to Dew (2007)’s Commentary: Pre-adoption, Exaptation and Technology Speciation: A Comment on Cattani (2006).”  Industrial and Corporate Change, 2008, 17(3): 585-596.

“The Value of Moderate Obsession: Insights from a New Model of Organizational Search.” (with Sidney G. Winter and Alex Dorsch) Organization Science, 2007, 18(3): 403-419.

“Competitive Implications of Inter-firm Mobility” (with Johannes M. Pennings and Filippo Wezel). Organization Science, 2006, 17(6): 691-709.

“Technological Pre-Adaptation, Speciation and Emergence of New Technologies: How Corning Invented and Developed Fiber Optics.” Industrial and Corporate Change, 2006, 15(2): 285-318. (The paper received the 2012 Richard Nelson Award Price)

“Pre-adaptation, Firm Heterogeneity and Technological Performance: A Study on the Evolution of Fiber Optics, 1970-1995.” Organization Science, 2005, 16(6): 563-580. Lead article. (The paper received the 2004 R. J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award from The BPS Academy of Management Division)

“Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity in Founding Patterns” (with Johannes M. Pennings and Filippo Wezel). Organization Science, 2003, 14(6): 670-685.