Upcoming Events
26 Feb
12:30 - 13:30 ETI-lunch seminar --Who leads Standard-Setting Organizations? The influence of network embeddedness on firm performance - Filippo Grillo -
Venue: TPM-Hall H, 31.A1.210

Title: Who leads Standard-Setting Organizations? The influence of network embeddedness on firm performance

Abstract: It is well understood that firms adopting standards often enjoy network effects – the value they experience grows with the number of other adopters. But what happens to those who actually create such standards? This paper investigates how a firm’s technological leadership during standards’ development drives its economic performance. Building on inter-organizational networks’ theory, we conceptualize how network embeddedness, the level of coopetition, and the size of the SSOs, shape network effects between SSOs members. We propose that in SSOs characterized by intense competition, firms should act as chasers rather than leaders, and vice-versa firms in a cooperating environment benefit more from leading the technological progress. By selecting such a setting, we also set the basis for an empirical demonstration of SSOs as multi-sided platforms, subject – as a result – to direct and indirect network effects occurring between their member firms. Our final goal to create synergies between the literature on platform strategy and standards’ development.

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6 Mar
16:00 - 17:00 More hydrogen, more ethics. The Five 'Unavoidables' of Our Hydrogen Future
Venue: TPM Hall B

“Hydrogen will change the production, storage, transportation, and use of renewable energy worldwide!”. “Hydrogen will contribute to the decarbonization of industry,” “Hydrogen is a solution for power grid fallouts,” and “Hydrogen is a solution for urban heating and mobility.” Such hopes have been repeatedly expressed in the past decade. But what are the downsides of the hydrogen transition? What do we ‘win’ and ‘lose’ in developing our hydrogen economy (and who is ‘we’ exactly in this case)? These are essential moral questions for our hydrogen future. In this lecture, I give a preliminary answer to these questions by developing the “Five Unavoidables” – five difficult value trade-offs that we will be forced to address one way or the other during the hydrogen transition. I will not propose ready-made solutions to these five problems, but I will offer pluralism as a general framework within which to approach these issues systematically.
11 Mar
12:30 - 13:30 ETI- lunch seminar
16:00 - 17:00 EPT Research seminar - Lavinia Marin
Venue: TPM Boardroom A1.370 / Hybrid

Social Media Platforms as Epistemic Environments.

Many of the societal harms occurring on social media are of an epistemic nature: mis and disinformation, fake news, propaganda, and radicalization. We often tend to attribute the emergence of these harms to specific design choices in how the platforms are constructed or to collective epistemic vices that users may have. However, I will argue that many of these harms occur as an emergent effect when people from various epistemic environments encounter each other. Social media platforms have been discussed in terms of echo chambers and epistemic bubbles, seemingly making users isolate themselves from each other in cozy little niches with the like-minded - this is the encapsulation thesis. However, social media platforms are more porous than previously conceived, which means that users from various bubbles tend to interact with each other in ways that lead to misunderstandings systematically.
25 Mar
12:30 - 13:30 ETI- lunch seminar
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