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Hila Lifshitz-Assaf

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf

Joined Stern 2014

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-89
New York, NY 10012



Hila Lifshitz-Assaf joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences in July 2013. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Professor Lifshitz-Assaf’s research focuses on developing an in-depth empirical and theoretical understanding of the micro-foundations of scientific and technological innovation and knowledge creation processes in the digital age. She explores how the ability to innovate is being transformed, as well as the challenges and opportunities the transformation means for R&D organizations, professionals and their work. She conducted an in-depth 3-year longitudinal field study of NASA’s experimentation with open innovation online platforms and communities, resulting in a scientific breakthrough. Her dissertation received the best dissertation Grigor McClelland Award at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2015.

She investigates new forms of organizing for the production of scientific and technological innovation such as crowdsourcing, open source, open online innovation communities, Wikipedia, hackathons, makeathons, etc. Her work received the prestigious INSPIRE grant from the National Science Foundation and has been presented and taught at a variety of institutions including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, INSEAD, Wharton, London Business School, Bocconi, IESE, UCL, UT Austin, Columbia and Carnegie Mellon. Most recently, she received the Industry Studies Association Frank Giarrantani Rising Star award (2017).

Prior to academia, Professor Lifshitz-Assaf worked as a strategy consultant for seven years, specializing in growth and innovation strategy in telecommunications, consumer goods and finance.

Professor Lifshitz-Assaf earned a doctorate from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude, a BA in Management and an LLB in Law from Tel Aviv University, Israel, both magna cum laude.

Research Interests

  • Scientific and Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Technological Change, Information Systems and Organizational Transformation
  • Organizational Theory
  • Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing
  • Knowledge Theory of the Firm and Knowledge Boundary Work
  • Organizational and Professional Identity
  • Sociology of Science and Knowledge

Academic Background

B.A., Management
Tel- Aviv University

Tel- Aviv University

Tel- Aviv University

D.B.A., Management
Harvard University

Selected Publications

H Lifshitz Assaf, ML Tushman, KR Lakhani (2018)
A Study of NASA Scientists Shows How to Overcome Barriers to Open Innovation
Harvard Business Review

K. Gilon, F. Ng, J. Chan, H. Lifshitz-Assaf, A Kittur, D. Shahaf (2018)
Analogy Mining for Specific Design Needs
CHI 2018, ACM Proceedings

Lifshitz-Assaf, H (2018)
Dismantling Knowledge Boundaries at NASA: The Critical Role of Professional Identity in Open Innovation
Administrative Science Quarterly; Video Highlight:

Arazy O., Daxenberg J., Lifshitz-Assaf H., Nov O., and Gurevych I. (2016)
Turbulent Stability of Emergent Roles: The Dualistic Nature of Self-Organizing Knowledge Co-Production
Information Systems Research

Lifshitz-Assaf, H. (2016)
Where are the flying cars?
XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students - The Future of Work special issue

Lakhani, K., Lifshitz-Assaf H, and Tushman M. (2013)
Open Innovation and Organizational Boundaries: Task Decomposition, Knowledge Distribution and the Locus of Innovation
Chap. 19 in Handbook of Economic Organization: Integrating Economic and Organization Theory