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Speaker Series at the Department of Strategy and Innovation | Elisa Operti (ESSEC Business School)


The IfSTO would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming research talk by

Associate Professor Elisa Operti (ESSEC Business School)

Topic: Analyzing the Systemic Features of Rivalry in Career Mobility

Abstract (short):
The paper proposes and tests a network theory of rivalry that addresses a key limitation of past research by demonstrating how rivalry spreads across levels of analysis and between social domains. Shifting the perspective from what rivalry does to what it prevents from doing, we conceptualize rivalry as a system of relational constraints that extends beyond the level of direct rivals. Using qualitative and quantitative data on the mobility of jockeys in the Palio di Siena (1743-2011), the famous horse race in Siena, Italy, we document relational gaps in the mobility network – career moves that do not occur, even if generally expected to. The analysis shows that rivalry constrains not only exchanges between rivals: it also limits moves to the allies of rivals and the rivals of allies. The effect of rivalry becomes stronger over time, attests that relational constraints endure in developed markets. A twofold process emerges, whereby mobility increases overall, but decreases within orbits of rivalry. The observed relational gaps are relevant not only to scholarship on rivalry, but also to mobility and network research.

Time: Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 2 pm until 3.30 pm

Location: University of Vienna, Meeting Room 4.313 (4th floor), Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien (please check for updates on:

If you are interested in attending the presentation, for planning purposes kindly confirm your interest to Karoline Eadie ( until 15. May 2018

The speaker series is hosted jointly by the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization (Christopher Lettl) and the Strategic Management Subject Area at the University of Vienna (Markus Reitzig). The series addresses topics at the interface of strategic management, innovation, technology, and organization design. Aim of the series is the facilitation of research dialogue within our department, boundary spanning to other WU departments, and the facilitation of networking with renowned scholars in the field. See for details on future talks (speakers, dates). The series is associated with the RESEARCH PROGRAM ON OPEN INNOVATION of the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization.

We are greatly looking forward to seeing you!

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