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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

Education

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

Academic Expertise

accelerators
entrepreneurship
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
Hallen, Benjamin, Susan Cohen, and Christopher Bingham (2019) “Do Accelerators Work? If So, How?”
Benjamin Hallen and Jason Davis (2019) “The Microfoundations of 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.