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20: Searching for Expertise: Organizational Structure, Crowds, and Networks ( Henning Piezunka)

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

By Henning Piezunka - INSEAD

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Required readings

Park, S., Piezunka, H., & Dahlander, L. (2022). Co-evolutionary Lock-in in Crowdsourcing: Selection Consistency Reduces Sourcing Variety. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 12246). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management. (available here)


Piezunka, H., Aggarwal, V. A., & Posen, H. E. (2022). The Aggregation–Learning Trade-off. Organization Science, 33(3), 1094-1115.


Piezunka, H., & Dahlander, L. (2015). Distant search, narrow attention: How crowding alters organizations’ filtering of suggestions in crowdsourcing. Academy of Management Journal, 58(3), 856-880.


Piezunka, H., & Schilke, O. (2023). The dual function of organizational structure: Aggregating and shaping individuals’ votes. Organization Science.


Discussion questions

Organizations often miss out on (new) ideas. Why is that? Please draw on the reading – but also on the literature beyond.

What do you think is the role of organizational structure to be more inclusive and to be more open to new ideas?


We know little about the antecedents of decision-making structures. Why may one organization adopt one kind of decision-making structure, but other organizations adopt another?

The optimal decision-making structure should be contingent on the factors of the organization / the included individuals. What are such factors?



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