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Nov. 17 | Experimental Design Workshop: Diversity and Decision-Making

  • 501D Knox Hall | Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Experimental Design Workshop: Diversity and Decision-Making

WHEN: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Knox Hall 501D, 606 W 122nd Street

In series of experiments, we study how different types of diversity affect decision-making. In public good games, we examine how ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status influence cooperation. In other experimental designs, we are interested in identifying situations where diversity improves decision-making, by causing cognitive friction among outgroup members.

David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. He is also Professor of Social Science at the University of Warwick. Stark uses a variety of methods to study problems of valuation, innovation, and observation.

In his recent book, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life (Princeton University Press, 2009), Stark carried out ethnographic research in three distinct settings to study how organizations and their members search for what is valuable. Dissonance – disagreement about the principles of worth – can lead to discovery.

For more information on David Stark, please visit his website.

Charlotte Reypens joined the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at University of Warwick in October 2016 as a postdoctoral research fellow. She is working with Professor David Stark and Professor Sheen Levine on a research project supported by the European Research Council. She completed her PhD at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Her PhD research focused on how multiple, diverse stakeholders collaborate in innovation networks to create value.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

For inquires about the Experimental Design Workshop Series, please contact Mark Hoffman (

Funding support for the Networks and Time Seminar Series, including the Experimental Design Workshop Series, is provided by the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, administered by INCITE, which features events and programming that embody and honor Lazarsfeld’s commitment to the improvement of methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.