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Hagay C. Volvovsky

I’m an organizational theory and strategy scholar and a computational social scientist exploring how individuals and organizations cooperate with each other on both routine and innovative tasks. My research brings together social network analysis and organizational learning literatures from sociology and management with contract theory from law and economics to answers questions such as: How and when can individuals and organizations successfully cooperate with each when their interests collide? What can organizations and managers do to facilitate not only cooperation but cooperation that results in innovation? I employ both large scale online experiments and econometrics to answer these questions. 


My job market paper is the first to propose and validate a process by which actors arrive at shared understandings of what actions constitute cooperation and defection in changing and complex environments, thereby making cooperation possible.

Prior to starting at MIT Sloan, I worked as a corporate lawyer in Israel and have completed an LL.M at the University of Chicago Law School. I also received an LL.B and a B.A. in accounting from the University of Tel Aviv.

PhD Candidate, Economic Sociology, MIT Sloan School of Management