2021-2022 Schedule


Friday, May 27, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (please note unconventional time)

Virtual Seminar
For Zoom details, please contact DINR

Dr. Tiziana Casciaro
Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management,
Marcel Desautels Chair in Integrative Thinking
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Title: "The Effects of Piqued Curiosity on Boundary-Spanning Networking in Organizations"

Integrating the differentiated knowledge, skills, and experiences of its members is critical to the effective functioning of an organization. Hence, interactions spanning formal organizational and informal social boundaries are a principal focus of organizational scholarship. Research has substantiated not only the range of important outcomes deriving from boundary-spanning networking, but also the formidable barriers to engaging in such networking. We argue that a chief impediment to boundary-spanning networking is people's a lack of motivation. Against this backdrop, we theorize that curiosity-which can be piqued by cues in the organizational environment-heightens individuals' motivation to network across boundaries in organizations by promoting the drive to learn novel ideas, solutions, and opportunities. We designed and conducted a randomized-controlled-trial field study involving over 2,200 middle-managers in a North American financial services organization to test our predictions, and an experiment to substantiate the underlying causal mechanisms. The findings support our claims and illuminate the psychological foundations of boundary-spanning networking. Our results open new avenues for research, both on how curiosity affects networking and shapes network structure in organizations, and on how organizations induce curiosity in their members as the intrinsic drive to learn.

Tiziana Casciaro is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and the Marcel Desautels in Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. Her research on organizational networks, professional networking, power dynamics, and change leadership has appeared in top academic journals in management, psychology, and sociology, and has received awards from the Academy of Management. Thinkers50 has recognized Tiziana as one of the thirty thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led, and her research has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, CBC, Fortune and TIME magazine. Most recently, she has co-authored the book "Power, for All: How it Really Works and Why It Is Everyone's Business" (Simon & Schuster, 2021). Originally from Italy, Tiziana received her B.A. in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Organization Science and Sociology from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the University of Toronto, she served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.