Facebook Skip to main content

Faculty Directory

Benjamin Hallen

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Longbrake Endowed Professor in Innovation


PhD Stanford University (2007)
MS University of Virginia (2002)
BS University of Virginia (2000)

Academic Expertise


Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2014
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, 2011-2014
Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, Robert H. Smith School, University of Maryland, 2007-2011
Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Interim CEO, Topik Solutions, 2000-2002

Selected Publications

  1. The Role of Accelerators in Mitigating Bounded Rationality in New Ventures
    Journal Article:Cohen, S., Bingham, C., Hallen, B., (forthcoming). Administrative Science Quarterly,
  2. Do Accelerators Work? If So, How?
    Journal Article:Hallen, Benjamin, Susan Cohen, and Christopher Bingham, (forthcoming). Organization Science,
  3. Entrepreneurial beacons: The Yale endowment, run‐ups, and the growth of venture capital
    Journal Article:Bermiss, Y., Hallen, B., McDonald, R., and Pahnke, E. (All authors contributed equally and are listed alphabetically), (2017). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 38, pp. 545-565.
  4. The Conditional Importance of Prior Ties: A Group-Level Analysis of Venture Capital Syndication
    Journal Article:Zhang, L., Gupta, A.K., and Hallen, B.L., (2017). Academy of Management Journal,
  5. When Do Entrepreneurs Accurately Evaluate Venture Capital Firm’s Track Records? A Bounded Rationality Perspective
    Journal Article:Hallen, B. & Pahnke, E.C., (2016). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 59(5), pp. 1535-1560.
  6. Exposed: Venture Capital, Competitor Ties, and Entrepreneurial Innovation
    Journal Article:Pahnke, E., McDonald, R., Wang, D., Hallen, B., (2015). Academy of Management Journal,
  7. How do Social Defenses Work? A Resource Dependence Lens on Technology Ventures, Venture Capitalists, and Corporate Relationships
    Journal Article:Hallen, B.L., Katila, R., & Rosenberger, J.D., (2014). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 57(4), pp. 1078-1101.
  8. Catalyzing Strategies and Efficient Tie Formation: How Entrepreneurs Obtain Venture Capital Ties
    Journal Article:Hallen, B.L., & Eisenhardt, K.M., (2012). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 55(1), pp. 35-70.
  9. The Causes and Consequences of the Initial Network Positions of New Organizations: From Whom do Entrepreneurs Receive Investments
    Journal Article:Hallen, B.J., (2008). Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 53, pp. 685–718.

Working Papers

Benjamin Hallen and Susan Cohen (2019) “Transactive Platforms in the Presence of Social Networks: The Impact of Accelerators on Venture Investment Syndicate Formation”
Benjamin Hallen, Jason Davis, and Alex Murray (2019) “Entrepreneurial Network Evolution: Explicating the Structural Localism and Agentic Network Change Distinction”

Honors and Awards

Winner of "Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching", Foster School of Business, 2018.
Named one of "2017 Best 40 Under 40 Professors", Poets & Quants. Global listing of Top Business School Professors under the age of 40.
Foster Teaching in Excellence Award: 2015, 2016, 2017
Winner of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division's Best Paper Award for 2014 Academy of Management Conference for "Do Accelerators Accelerate?", 2014.