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Benjamin Hallen

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Charlene M. and Arthur W. Buerk Endowed Faculty Fellow
Faculty Director of the Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship Program


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

Academic Expertise

technology and innovation strategy
venture capital

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 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,
  2. 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), (forthcoming). Strategic Management Journal,
  3. When Do Entrepreneurs Accurately Evaluate Venture Capital Firm’s Track Records? A Bounded Rationality Perspective
    Journal Article:Hallen, B. & Pahnke, E.C., (forthcoming). Academy of Management Journal,
  4. Exposed: Venture Capital, Competitor Ties, and Entrepreneurial Innovation
    Journal Article:Pahnke, Emily, Rory McDonald, Dan Wang, and Benjamin Hallen, (2015). Academy of Management Journal,
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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., (1078-1101). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 57(4),

Working Papers

“Do Accelerators Accelerate? A Study of Venture Accelerators as a Path to Success” with C. Bingham and S. Cohen
“Agentic Networks and Entrepreneurial Opportunities: An Emerging Nonlocal Network Dynamics Perspective” with J. Davis
Moving on Up: Status Climbing and the Dynamics of Young Ventures Raising from Higher-Status Venture Capital Firms”
“Network Isolates: Venture Bootstrapping and Why Some High-Growth Ventures Do Not Raise Venture Capital in the Mobile App Industry” with J. Davis and P.L. Yin

Honors and Awards

Technology Management MBA Teaching in Excellence Award (i.e., Professor of the Program), Co-winner 2016 (Monday section)
Technology Management MBA Professor of the Quarter, Winter 2016 (Both sections)
Technology Management MBA Teaching in Excellence Award (i.e., Professor of the Program), Co-winner 2015 (Both sections)
Technology Management MBA Professor of the Quarter, Winter 2015 (Both sections)
Winner of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division's Best Paper Award for 2014 Academy of Management Conference for “Do Accelerators Accelerate?”, 2014
Best Teacher Award, Masters in Management Programme (as voted on by students), London Business School, 2013
Kauffman Firm Survey Grant for studying “Regional Variance in Entrepreneur Approaches to Venture Building,” Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2010
Teaching Award for Top 15% Teaching Performance (based on student evaluations), R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, for teaching undergraduate strategy, 2009
Winner of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division's Best Dissertation Competition, 2008
Finalist in Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division’s Dissertation Competition, 2008
Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Research Competition, University of Maryland, Best Published Paper, 2008