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For What It’s Worth

This essay takes its point of departure from the intellectual milieu in the mid 1980s that gave rise to Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot’s book, On Justification: Economies of Worth. It shows how exposure to ideas and concepts in that book came to take varied forms as they were elaborated and modified in my work across several decades of research in diverse empirical settings. The essay appears in a volume on Economies of Worth and French Pragmatist Sociology edited by Charlotte Cloutier, Jean-Pascal Gond, and Bernard Leca.

In Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 2017, Volume 52.

Top 100 Valuation Devices

This PowerPoint presentation was prepared for the workshop, "From Prizes to Prices," held in Bologna, January 2017, sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust. To see this self-timed presentation, download the file and click "Play Slide Show."

Attention Networks: A Two-Mode Network View on Valuation

When multiple agents allocate their attention across multiple situations, they create an attention network. In this paper, Matteo Prato and I study how attention networks shape cognition. We argue that how we value something depends on the viewpoints from which we assess it (the background of other objects across which we allocate our attention) and the views of others to which we are differentially exposed because of the network structure of attention. We analyze US financial analysts' stock coverage portfolios and their estimates of listed firms' earnings per share from 1993-2011. The study is based on some 10,994,000 analyst-firm observations.

Permanently Beta

Researchers in science and technology studies have long-recognized that the design process is not completed when manufacturers ship out a new product. Instead, users complete the design process when they resist some uses inscribed in the product, identify other affordances, and modify the product. All products, and especially new and unfamiliar ones, entail considerable interpretive flexibility. The new user innovation communities make this insight a part of corporate strategy. Instead of a hit or miss approach, they actively foster communities of users and involve their participation at ever-earlier stages of the design process. This is search when you don't know what you're looking for, relying on the users to recognize it when they find it.

Society Online: The Internet In Context. Sage, 2003, pp. 173-88.