M. (Michele) Piazzai

Profile

I study the economic activities surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of creative products, broadly defined as goods with aesthetic, cultural, or hedonic value. I grew interested in this topic during my undergraduate studies in art history, when I realized that creative products pose even more fascinating questions if examined from an economic perspective. Before starting my Ph.D. at TU Delft, I received a M.A. in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Research

My research focuses on the antecedents and the consequences of categorization in markets. As in other social domains, categories are key to information flows: using big data from online sources, I seek to understand how people use categories to make sense of products and organizations. Furthermore, I study how classification systems affect valuation and corporate strategy. My approach brings together insights from economic sociology, cognitive science, organization theory, innovation management, industrial economics, and strategic management.

I have been involved as a teaching assistant in the following courses:

  • Integration Economics, Law, Philosophy, and Technology;
  • Formal Methods for Strategic Decision-Making;
  • Ethics and Engineering.
  • Conradie, W., Frittella, S., Palmigiano, A., Piazzai, M., Tzimoulis, A., and Wijnberg, N. M. (2016). Categories: How I learned to stop worrying and love two sorts. In J. Väänänen, Å. Hirvonen, and R. de Queiroz (Eds.), Logic, language, information, and computation (LNCS, Vol. 9803, pp. 145–164). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.

More publications

Logics for categorization. This project aims to integrate the conventional quantitative methods of empirical inquiry in the social sciences with the formal tools of logic, so as to develop a more nuanced understanding of social behavior in economic contexts. We focus especially on categorization dynamics, including the origin and evolution of classification systems. For more information, see www.appliedlogictudelft.nl

I volunteer as a reviewer for the Academy of Management and occasionally contribute to the Administrative Science Quarterly blog.

Michele Piazzai

PhD candidate


Additional information

M. (Michele) Piazzai

publications
Toward an epistemic-logical theory of categorization

peer reviewed : Y

Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science, EPTCS (2017) 20 pages , p. 167-186

authors

  • Willem Conradie
  • Sabine Frittella
  • Alessandra Palmigiano
  • Michele Piazzai
  • Apostolos Tzimoulis
  • Nachoem M. Wijnberg
Categories

peer reviewed : Y

Proceedings of 23rd International Workshop, WoLLIC 2016 (2016) 20 pages , p. 145-164

authors

  • Willem Conradie
  • Sabine Frittella
  • Alessandra Palmigiano
  • Michele Piazzai
  • Apostolos Tzimoulis
  • Nachoem M. Wijnberg
Deaccessioning of museum collections: What do we know and where do we stand in Europe?

peer reviewed : Y

Journal of Cultural Heritage (2015) 7 pages , p. 221-227

authors

  • M Vecco
  • M Piazzai
subjects
2016 - Formal methods for strategic decision-making
2017 - Formal methods for strategic decision-making