Ongoing Projects

“Cultural Beliefs as Obstacles to Innovation”

Project leader: Gita Johar, Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business and Senior Vice Dean, Columbia Business School

This project aims to develop an understanding of ways cultural backgrounds and beliefs pose obstacles to innovation and creativity. It proposes to conduct surveys of people’s values, explore how these correlate with innovation indicators and design interventions that can help managers overcome these culture-specific barriers.

This research is part of a larger research project that will investigate these issues in various cultural backgrounds and countries, including China, India and Brazil.

"Got (Good) Milk? Information, Enforcement, and Social Networks in Indian Dairy Production"

Research team:

  • Arun Chandrasekhar, MIT
  • Manaswini Rao, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Ashish Shenoy, MIT

The project explores how social networks affect output in joint production processes, using rural Indian dairy cooperatives as our empirical setting. The team is in the process of running a field experiment to identify the effects of social status on milk quality with a focus on how the network monitors, punishes and diffuses information about best farming practices. The pilot was funded by Innovations for Poverty Action.