If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. -Kurt Lewin
The ONELAB conducts research on network effects, peer learning, innovation and entrepreneurship using randomized and natural experiments in developing economies. Our long-term aim is to develop techniques and technology to aid aspiring individuals and organizations in resource-constrained contexts such as developing countries to overcome critical barriers to performance.
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Networks and Innovation
The Networks and Innovation project seeks to understand the basic social mechanisms that cause individuals to succeed as innovators. For this project the ONELAB team members worked with Ponnurangam Kumaraguru of IIIT-Delhi and iSPIRT to found a 3-week startup bootcamp called Innovate Delhi where we taught design thinking, business models, and teamwork to aspiring Indian entrepreneurs. Embedded in the bootcamp was a field experiment. We are using the data collected in the Networks and Innovation project to understand how conversations lead to better ideas, how individuals decide on who to collaborate with, and the dynamics of friendship and advice networks. This project was funded with grants from Stanford SEED and facilities were provided by IIIT-Delhi.
The Growing Ecosystems Project seeks to understand the social determinants of organizational strategy, evolution, and ultimately performance and success.
Network Dynamics and Academic Performance
Educational attainment is fundamental to a growing economy. A key input to educational achievement is social and comes from the learning that happens from peers and classmates. Moreover, educational institutions are also where important social networks are formed. The Network Dynamics and Academic Performance project in collaboration with Surendrakumar Bagde of the Indian Administrative Service, examined the heterogenous effects of peers on academic achievement, the effect of peers on network formation and growth, and the ability of inter-caste contact to facilitate durable cross-community friendships. Articles from this study have been published in such journals as Management Science and the American Sociological Review.
Published research and completed working papers from the group.
The Mechanics of Social Capital and Academic Performance in an Indian College
Sharique Hasan is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. His research uses field experiments and computational techniques to study network effects, peer learning and collaboration with the ultimate aim of understanding how to improve the innovativeness and performance of individuals, organizations and ecosystems. Sharique received a PhD in Organizational Theory and Management from Carnegie Mellon and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from Rutgers.
Rem is a fourth year Stanford GSB PhD student. He uses field experiments and computational tools to study inter-organizational collaboration, high-growth entrepreneurship, and crowdfunding. Rem holds a Bachelors of Arts in Statistics and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Demetrius is a fourth year Stanford GSB PhD student. He combines analysis of large scale data with qualitative interviews to study inter-organizational collaboration and organizational emergence and growth. Demetrius holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University.
Solene Delecourt is a first year PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research interests focus on organizational issues in development. Solene has done field research in Bangladesh, India and Kenya. She uses mixed methods: quantitative methods combined with field observations and qualitative interviews. She holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and Ecole Polytechnique, France. She also holds two Bachelors Degrees: a BA in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and a BS in Economics and Law from University of Nancy.
Thomas Dudley is a second year PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research interests are centered on quantitative and computational approaches to understanding the hows and whys of culture in organizational settings. Before entering academia Thomas worked as an Associate Consultant in the San Francisco office of Bain & Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Virginia.
The Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable or iSPIRT is India's leading think-tank for the software product Industry. The ONELAB team has collaborated extensively with iSPIRT on several projects including the Networks and Innovation study, the Growing Ecosystems study, the Product Industry Monitor report and a case study on iSPIRT's M&A connect program written by Stanford's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Surendrakumar Bagde is an officer in the Indian Administrative Service. He is currently Secretary for Small and Medium Industries for the State of Maharashtra and its Development Commisioner. Previously he was Private Secretary to the Home Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Director of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and joint-CEO of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. He is an expert on entrepreneurship in India’s software industry. He is a gold medalist with a B.E. from VJTI in Mumbai and PhD in Applied Economics from Carnegie Mellon. He has been a collaborator on the Network Dynamics and Academic Performance project and served as an advisor for the Networks and Innovation project.
Aaron (Ronnie) Chatterji
Aaron Chatterji is Associate Professor of Strategy at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth. Chatterji’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business. He received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University. Ronnie has been a collaborator on the Growing Ecosystems project.
Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK"), is an Assistant Professor at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi. PK received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). PK's research interests include developing technological and multi-disciplinary solutions to reduce computer crime, information security, cyber crime, trust, and human computer interaction. Of late, he has been working on Privacy and Security in online social media, analyzing online user-generated content to detect cyber crime. PK manages and coordinates a research group PreCog @ IIIT-Delhi.