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David Stark

Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs
Department: 
Sociology Department
Office: 
701C Knox
Email: 
dcs36@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-3972
Appointments
  • Director, Center on Organizational Innovation
Biography

David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. Stark studies how organizations and their members search for what is valuable. Dissonance - disagreement about the principles of worth - can lead to discovery. To study the organizational basis for innovation, he has carried out ethnographic field research in Hungarian factories before and after 1989, in new media start-ups in Manhattan before and after the dot.com crash, and in a World Financial Center trading room before and after the attack on September 11th. Stark's current research employs large datasets to study the social sources of creativity. Supported by a major grant from the National Science Foundation (with Co-PI Balazs Vedres), his research team is developing network analysis to examine the historical structures whereby teams assemble, disassemble, and resassemble. They are currently analyzing data on every commercially released video game (some 28,000 video games involving an estimated 310,000 unique invididuals) and approximately 40,000 jazz recording sessions involving some 400,000 musicians).

His book, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009. His most recent book, This Place, These People (with photographer Nancy Warner) was published by Columbia University Press in 2013.

Stark was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. He has been a visiting fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris; the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne; the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham, UK; the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City; the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto; the Institute for Advanced Study/Collegium Budapest; the Center for the Social Sciences in Berlin; the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study; and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ecole Normale Superieure - Cachan in 2013.

Research & Other Works
Article
Game Changer: The Topology of Creativity
Article
Ethnic diversity deflates price bubbles
Article
Ethnic diversity deflates price bubbles
Article
Structural Folds: Generative Disruption in Overlapping Groups
Article
Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary
Article
One Way or Multiple Paths: For a Comparative Sociology of East European Capitalism
Article
Recombinant Property in East European Capitalism
Article
Path Dependence and Privatization Strategies in East Central Europe
Article
Privatization in Hungary: From Plan to Market or from Plan to Clan?
Article
Die interne Unterauftragsvergabe in der sozialistischen Unternehmung: Neuere Entwicklungen in Ungarn
Article
On Resilience
Report
Disruptive Diversity and Recurring Cohesion: Assembling Creative Teams in the Video Game Industry, 1979-2009
Report
Global Links, Local Roots: Varieties of Transnationalization and Forms of Civic Integration
Report
PowerPoint Demonstrations: Digital Technologies of Persuasion
Report
Socio-Technologies of Assembly: Sense-Making and Demonstration in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan
Report
Link, Search, Interact: The Co-Evolution of NGOs and Interactive Technology
Report
Distributing Intelligence and Organizing Diversity in New Media Projects
Report
Pathways of Property Transformation: Enterprise Network Careers in Hungary, 1988-2000: Outline of an Analytic Strategy
Report
Permanently Beta: Responsive Organization in the Internet Era
 
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