Marc-David L. Seidel

Marc-David L. Seidel
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre

BA (Cornell), MBA (Cornell), MS (Berkeley), PhD (Berkeley)

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March 2017 - present
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
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  • Professor
July 2016 - March 2017
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
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  • Professor
September 2015 - present
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
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  • Managing Director

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Publications (46)
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Imagine meeting a stranger and entering into a trusted economic exchange without needing a third party to vouch for you. What changes in your theoretical perspective in such a world? That model of interaction is what distributed trust technologies such as blockchain bring. I introduce the basic concept of distributed trust, describe some early inst...
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In this article, I propose a theory of network opportunity emergence. The core of the argument is that as an overall industry network structure becomes centralized, opportunities emerge for new entrants. As the institutional environment evolves toward a centralized network flow structure, innovators can identify newly emerged rich resource niches t...
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In social theory, emergence is the process of novelty (1) creation, (2) growth, and (3) formation into a recognizable social object, process, or structure. Emergence is recognized as important for the existence of novel features of society such as new organizations, new practices, or new relations between actors. In this introduction to the volume...
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Previous ecological theory of human development research shows mixed results concerning the impact of adolescent work on psychological and family outcomes. We show the consequences of working in the family firm on adolescents' parental relationships, self-esteem and depression, highlighting the importance of high quality work experiences in the ear...
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The wide variation in the success of innovations obscures similarities in the process of firms being influenced by other firms when choosing production technology. We argue that diffusion processes are similar across successful and failed innovations. Production asset innovation success results not only from innovation quality differences. Early ch...
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Network theory and research have identified the powerful dynamic of homophily whereby individuals are more likely to connect with similar rather than dissimilar others. However, less is known about when individuals might connect with dissimilar others to enhance organizational diversity benefits and mitigate social exclusion. This study builds upon...
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Ecosystems are typically evaluated and understood using standard visible material metrics, such as new products, patents, startups, VC funding, jobs, and successful exits. Yet emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEEs) provide many possibilities for members not signaled by such visible markers. Consequently, policymakers may have a difficult time m...
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Discussions of decentralization with respect to blockchain have tended to focus on the architecture of decentralization, its influence, and potential technical hurdles. Furthermore, decentralization is often conflated with distribution in these discussions. The authors argue, instead, for a relational definition of decentralization that considers b...
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Exit! Exit! Exit! Our innovation ecosystems are focused on this goal above all else, thanks to the reliance on venture capital. Young potential entrepreneurs talk about exit strategies before even creating an innovation or starting a business. Our innovation ecosystems push them to do so in many ways. Seemingly straightforward questions to budding...
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We showcase the usefulness of a sociocultural community network approach to covid-19 contagion. Rather than modeling the atomistic individual as a social unit in an SEIR type model, we encourage researchers and policy makers to focus on social units, such as households, which, in turn, are part of sociocultural networks in a community and embedded...
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Behavioral Science & Policy (forthcoming) We showcase the usefulness of a sociocultural community network approach to covid-19 contagion. Rather than modeling the atomistic individual as a social unit in an SEIR type model, we encourage researchers and policy makers to focus on social units, such as households, which, in turn, are part of sociocul...
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Purpose Distributed trust technologies, such as blockchain, propose to permit peer-to-peer transactions without trusted third parties. Yet not all implementations of such technologies fully decentralize. Information professionals make strategic choices about the level of decentralization when implementing such solutions, and many organizations are...
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Stepping into the five year leadership role of the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division (OMT), I asked, “Is the primary purpose of an academic conference to curate the best current work in the field for dissemination?” Perhaps it was in the past, and the institutional processes in place certainly appear to be designed t...
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The “Abilene Paradox” (Harvey, 1988) describes a family reaching a collective decision to take a long drive to have dinner in Abilene, a town in West Central Texas, instead of continuing to enjoy their afternoon at home. After enduring a miserable four hours of driving and eating an unpalatable cafeteria meal in Abilene, they return home and sink i...
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The value of the networks that MBA students develop is often limited by the tendency of people to favor connections with similar others, resulting in self-segregation among identity groups. In order to identify the origins of network diversity, a key question for theory and practice is whether majority or minority groups are more likely to develop...
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Being able to identify and characterize free space a priori is key to fomenting change to discriminatory power structures through organized resistance among non-elites, providing space where they can act outside the normal confines pervading social systems. We draw upon the collective resistance, reflective measurement and formative measurement spe...
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Ecological theories of human development suggest that adolescent work has negative socioemotional impact. We refine the existing theory by incorporating work context and argue that working in a family firm, as opposed to a non-family firm, at a young age influences socioemotional wealth positively instead. We test how managerial choices of family b...
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The study: Henrich Greve and Marc-David Seidel studied the role of first-mover advantage in determining which technologies get adopted and which do not. They tracked the sales history of two wide-body jets: the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. The researchers concluded that the DC-10's one-year head start contributed to its...
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PurposeTheories of income inequality frequently cite child and adolescent labor as a societal problem. In contrast to such theories, we propose that path dependency coupled with enhancement of human and social capital enables some adolescents who work to find more attractive jobs later in life. MethodologyUsing the longitudinal Youth in Transition...
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This article reports results of two experiments investigating factors that affect social action participation decisions in traditional offline contexts and emerging online contexts. In models tested in Study 1, vested self-interest, a factor previously shown to be extremely influential in social action decisions, was found to exert relatively littl...
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The economic benefits to immigrants of taking jobs in ethnic workplaces, relative to the open economy, are heavily debated. We examine longitudinally differences across immigrant categories in how the choice of ethnic or non-ethnic workplace influences the ethnic composition of social networks and how these factors impact immigrants' economic succe...
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This chapter seeks to enhance organizational theory's current typology of organizational architectures to explain a flourishing modern architecture that has developed utilizing the inexpensive communication paths created by technology such as the Internet and wireless networks. As communication and coordination costs have dropped, new organizing me...
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This study extends earlier research suggesting that board network ties may reflect the strategic and/or political concerns of top managers by considering how the managerial objectives that drive the formation and maintenance of board interlock ties may be subject to social influence.The particular form of social influence examined in this study der...
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The hiring process is currently probably the least understood aspect of the employment relationship. It may very well be the most important for understanding the broad processes of stratification with allocation by sex and race to jobs and firms. A central reason for the lack of knowledge is that it is very difficult to assemble extensive data on t...
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This study examined relationships among remote work, demographic dissimilarity, social network centrality, and the use and effectiveness of impression management behaviors. In our findings, a higher proportion of time spent working remotely from supervisors increased the frequency of supervisor- and job-focused impression management, but reduced so...
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We draw from social information processing theory and research on the framing of information to explore how the administration of social network surveys can influence CEOs' perceptions about their relationship to directors and the potential benefits to be derived from director network ties, thus affecting their subsequent selection and retention of...
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This study examines whether board interlock ties facilitate second-order imitation, in which firms imitate an underlying decision process that can be adapted to multiple policy domains, rather than imitating specific policies of tied-to firms (first-order imitation). Longitudinal analyses of archival data for a large sample of Forbes/Fortune 500 co...
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This study focuses on the impact of sex, race, and social networks, to analyze the hiring process in a midsized high-technology organization, using information on all 35,229 applicants in a 10-year period (1985-94). For gender, the process is entirely meritocratic: age and education account for all sex differences. But even without taking into acco...
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This article tests hypotheses about the effects of social networks on inequitable salary negotiation outcomes using a US high-technology company's salary negotiation data for 1985-1995. The paper finds that members of racial minority groups negotiated significantly lower salary increases than majority members, but this effect was dramatically reduc...
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Do organizational processes of legitimation and competition operate within different boundaries corresponding to different geographical levels of analysis? Following Hannan et al. (1995), this analysis explores the possibility that legitimation operates on a broader geographical scale (less constrained by political and physical barriers) than does...
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Do laterally diversifying firms outlast new startups? Or does organizational inertia give the advantage to startups? We explore these questions here using the experiences of American automobile manufacturers from 1885 through 1981. We advance and test an integrative model that allows the organizational effects of entry mode to vary across the firm'...

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