Research Team

Fabian Muniesa, Principal Investigator, is a senior researcher at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI) in the Ecole des Mines de Paris (now Mines ParisTech), France.  His research contributions are mostly located in the fields of science and technology studies and economic sociology. His work primarily aims at developing a pragmatist, materialist approach to the study of calculation, valuation and organization. His past and current research topics include the automation of financial markets, the practice of economics, the implementation of performance indicators, the pedagogy of business and the politics of innovation.


Alaric Bourgoin, received his PhD from Mines ParisTech in 2013. His ethnography of management consulting is a contribution to PERFORMABUSINESS, a project he became associated to in 2014 as a post-doctoral researcher. After this, he joined HEC Montréal as assistant professor.



Liliana Doganova is trained in management (ESSEC Business School), economics (MSc in international economics) and sociology (PhD at Mines ParisTech). Her doctoral research investigated the role played by academic spin-offs (new ventures stemming from public research) in innovation networks. Her post-doctoral research at Copenhagen Business School examined the construction of clean-tech markets. Her current interests revolve around entrepreneurship, inter-organizational partnerships, and valuation devices (i.e., business models and plans, demonstrations, formulae). She became tenured assistant professor at Mines ParisTech in the course of the project.


Horacio Ortiz graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He did a PhD at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris), qualified in business administration, sociology and anthropology. He is a “Certified International Investment Analyst” (CIIA). His current research deals primarily with the practices of financial valuation, with a focus on China. After his contribution to the project, he joined East China Normal University as an assistant professor. He is also currently affiliated with IRISSO at Paris Dauphine University in his capacity of CR1 researcher of the CNRS.


Florence Paterson is a research assistant at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines ParisTech, since 2006. She holds a MSc in sociology and is interested in sociology and anthropology of health, medicine and disability. Her current research interests include sociology and economy of organ transplantation.


Alvaro Pina-Stranger received his PhD in sociology from Paris-Dauphine University. His doctoral research focuses on collective learning, innovation and knowledge networks in the milieu of biotech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. His current research deals with economic sociology, sociology of knowledge, social network analysis and the study of business culture. He is currently an assistant professor at Rennes 1.