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Next Week in EvoS: Kevin M. Kniffin on Organizational Benefits of Commensality

On Monday, March 19, 2012, Kevin M. Kniffin of Cornell University will present Organizational Benefits of Commensality. The talk is at 5:00 pm in AA-G008. Here is the abstract:

Eating together in groups – commensality – was part of a bundle of
activities during most of human evolution.  In contemporary
organizations and environments, it remains the case that people make a
practice of eating with others even though modern inventions such as
refrigerators, restaurants, and railroads have unbundled food
consumption from food procurement and preparation.  In this talk,
three new studies will be presented.  First, a field project will be
discussed that explores the value of communal food preparation and
consumption inside firehouses in a large urban department.  Second, an
experimental economics study will be reviewed that tests the degree to
which people are cooperative as a function of eating.  And, third, I
will report on a pair of studies that obliquely address the degree to
which people believe that eating together involves something “more
than food.”

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 in News by EvoS.


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