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David Stark
Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs
Department of Sociology
Columbia University

413 Fayerweather Hall
413 Fayerweather Hall
New York, NY, 10027, USA
Phone: (212) 854-3972

David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. He is an External Faculty Member of the Santa Fe Institute. Stark examines organizational forms as sites of multiple evaluative principles or frames of worth. He has carried out field research in Hungarian factories before and after 1989, in new media startups in Manhattan before and after the crash, and in a World Financial Center trading room before and after the attack on September 11th. With support from the National Science Foundation, he continues his work in Eastern Europe in a multi-country project on the virtual public sphere and in a longitudinal network analysis of property transformation among the largest 1,800 Hungarian enterprises. Stark's recent publications include: "Tools of the Trade: The Socio-Technology of Arbitrage in a Wall Street Trading Room,” (with Daniel Beunza) Industrial and Corporate Change, 2004; “Organizing Technologies: Genre Forms of Online Civic Association in Eastern Europe.” (with Balazs Vedres and Laszlo Bruszt) Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2004; "Distributed Intelligence and the Organization of Diversity in New Media Projects" (with Monique Girard) Environment and Planning A 2002; "Ambiguous Assets for Uncertain Environments: Heterarchy in Postsocialist Firms" (in The Twenty-First-Century Firm: Changing Economic Organization in International Perspective, 2001); and Postsocialist Pathways: Transforming Politics and Property in Eastern Europe (with Laszlo Bruszt), 1998. Stark has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, the Institute for Advanced Study/Collegium Budapest, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Center for the Social Sciences in Berlin, and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. David Stark’s curriculum vitae is available here.


"Organizing Technologies: Genre Forms of Online Civic Association in Eastern Europe" by Balazs Vedres, Laszlo Bruszt, and David Stark, published by Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Jan 2005). Link to Publication

To study technologies of politics in a new field of representation we examine how civic associations in Eastern Europe create online organization. Organizing technology is about combining specific technological features with actors and types of acts. Based on data we collected on 1,585 East European civil society websites we identify five emergent genres of organizing technologies: newsletters, interactive platforms, multilingual solicitations, directories, and brochures. Genre structures organization. These clusters do not correspond to stages of development; and, moreover, newer website are more likely to be typical of their genre suggesting that these forms are becoming more rather than less distinctive. In contrast to the utopistic image of a de-territorialized, participatory global civil society, our examination of the structure of hyperlinks finds that the transnational are not inclined to be participatory and the participatory are not transnational. Whereas the Internet and Society paradigm focused on inequality of users’ access to various aspects of the web, we probe inequality in the accessibility of websites to potential users. Search engine technology is search engine politics.

"How to Recognize an Opportunity: Heterarchical Search in a Trading Room" by Daniel Beunza and David Stark, published by he Sociology of Financial Markets, edited by Karin Knorr Cetina and Alexa Preda. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp.84-101 (Jan 2005). Link to Publication

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