Less is More? Cognitive-linguistic Insights into the Adoption of Category Labels

Stine Grodal, Fernando Suarez, Diego Zunino

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    Abstrakt

    Categories affect competitive dynamics. Despite progress in understanding categorization dynamics in markets, to date only few studies take into account the linguistic nature of category labels in explaining their adoption. We integrate research from psycholinguistics to study how the linguistic structure of category labels shape their adoption in a market. In particular, we theorize about the importance of the number of cognitive components in a category label, the length of a category label, the speed at which the category label can be pronounced, and the use of spatially unified compounds (e.g. “smartphone” vs. “smart phone”) in influencing label adoption. We find that label adoption is increased with labels that have fewer cognitive components, are shorter, can be pronounced more quickly, and those whose components are unified. Our results remain consistent both in an archival investigation with data from the smartphone industry and in two online experiments. Our results provide a novel perspective to the literatures of categorization and industry evolution.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato2016
    Antal sider1
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2016
    BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017: At the Interface - Georgia, Atlanta, USA
    Varighed: 4 aug. 20178 aug. 2017
    Konferencens nummer: 77
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    Konference

    KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017
    Nummer77
    LokationGeorgia
    LandUSA
    ByAtlanta
    Periode04/08/201708/08/2017
    Internetadresse

    Emneord

    • Category labels
    • Linguistics
    • Technology

    Citationsformater

    Grodal, S., Suarez, F., & Zunino, D. (2016). Less is More? Cognitive-linguistic Insights into the Adoption of Category Labels. Abstract fra The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, Atlanta, USA. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2017.14049abstract