Matthew Pittinsky, Assistant Research Professor
Pittinsky’s research applies social network theory and methods
to the study of phenomena in two fields: education and management.
In particular, Pittinsky studies cognitive social networks –
patterns of association as perceived and/or claimed by actors, distinct
from their behavioral form. He is currently studying claims of association
by firms in the context of how U.S. public companies benchmark their
executives’ compensation packages, and the extent to which
the network structure that emerges helps explain certain trends
in executive compensation. He is also studying claims of association
by individuals in the context of how leaders (e.g., teachers, managers,
U.S. Army sergeants) perceive patterns of relations among their
subordinates, and the extent to which those perceptions influence
performance evaluations (i.e., they assume the friend of a high
performer is also a high performer).
Concurrent with his affiliation as Assistant Research Professor, Pittinsky serves as Chief Executive Officer of Parchment Inc, an education credentials data company. Prior Parchment and Arizona State University, he co-founded the education software company Blackboard inc., serving as Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman until his departure in 2008.
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