Does similarity between evaluator and creator affect the evaluation of ideas?
Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2017)
Contribution to Conference
Building on the notion of homophily, we theorize that hierarchical similarity leads to an idea evaluation bias. We test our prediction with a dataset from an intra-organizational idea crowdfunding contest. As theorized, ideas are overvalued (undervalued) when evaluator and creator are hierarchically similar (distant). Novelty of ideas amplifies this effect.