Near-winners in status competitions: neglected sources of dynamism in the Matthew Effect

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Title: Near-winners in status competitions: neglected sources of dynamism in the Matthew Effect
Author(s): Otner, SMG
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Current research on status hierarchy dynamics focuses on the potential for, and constraints to, individual mobility. In this essay, I argue that Merton’s Matthew Effect incorrectly categorizes activity below a status threshold as linear. This misspecification calls into question existing models of competitions for social status. I argue for an improved theory of status tournaments as asymmetric, non-binary, and agentic. Through that new perspective, I raise questions for the legitimacy and power of stratifying institutions.
Publication Date: 29-Nov-2017
Date of Acceptance: 17-Sep-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/54312
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492617737711
ISSN: 1056-4926
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Management Inquiry
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2017. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Management Inquiry by Sage Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. It is available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1056492617737711
Keywords: 1503 Business And Management
Business & Management
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2018-11-29
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School



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