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General Management Department's Lecture

TOPIC:     THE STATUS DISCOUNT: UNTANGLING THE ROLE OF STATUS IN PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
SPEAKER:Pengfei Wang(BI Norwegian Business School, assistant professor)

TIME:           12:00 Mar.15 2018

PLACE:        Mingde Business Building

ABSTRACT :
This paper highlights a status discount in the performance evaluation process. Most status studies emphasize that high status enables actors to perform well, but overlook that status may also heighten audience expectations that become harder to meet. This study shifts attention from how status affects performance and the perception of performance to the role of status after performance is unambiguously observed. In particular, we propose that high-status actors receive less credit for their performances because audiences have established high expectations of them. While low-status actors are less likely to perform well, they receive more rewards once they succeed. Moreover, while prior literature emphasizes the value of relational endorsement, we argue that collaborating with prestigious peers may raise audience expectations, which downgrades the appealingness of their collaborative performance. We test our hypotheses in a sample of NBA players and find broad supports.

BIO:
Pengfei Wang is an assistant professor at BI Norwegian Business School since 2017. He obtained his PhD in Strategy from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was a visiting scholar at Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. His research covers social status, technological innovation, and venture capital financing. His studies have been accepted for publication by journals including Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, Long Range Planning, and Journal of International Management.