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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

E-mail hlassaf@stern.nyu.edu


Hila Lifshitz-Assaf joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences in July 2014. 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 entails for R&D organizations, professionals and their work. Her dissertation included an in-depth longitudinal field study of NASA's experimentation with opening knowledge boundaries through Web platforms and communities, resulting in a scientific breakthrough.

Prior to academia, Professor Lifshitz-Assaf worked as a strategy consultant for seven years, specializing in growth and innovation strategy. She held related posts at a consulting firm and at corporate centers of large international firms in finance and telecommunications. Prior to consulting, she worked at the Israeli Anti-Trust Authority, investigating mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Lifshitz-Assaf earned a BA in Management and an LLB in Law from Tel Aviv University in Israel, both magna cum laude, specializing in antitrust law. She received an MBA, magna cum laude, from Tel Aviv University, where she studied strategy and entrepreneurship.

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

Areas of Expertise


  • NASA


  • Entrepreneurship

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Crowdsourcing


  • Corporate Culture
  • Distributed Organization
  • Managing Change
  • Open Innovation
  • Technology & Innovation