Associate Professor of Information
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
New York University
Change Management, Research Methods, Strategic Management, Technology and Innovation
Accelerating Innovation, AI in Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence, Future of Work, Innovating to fight COVID
Hila Lifshitz-Assaf is an Associate Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at New York University Stern School of Business. She is also a faculty associate at Harvard University, at the Lab for innovation Science.
Hila’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. This study received the best dissertation Grigor McClelland Award at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2015, Best Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) paper based on dissertation (2018) and Best published paper elected by organizational communication and information systems division of Academy of Management (2018).
Hila 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. Her work was recognized to have a strong impact on the industry; She received the Industry Studies Association Frank Giarrantani Rising Star award and the Industry Research Institute grant for research on R&D.
On her website, Hila posts presentations, videos, and animations that highlight her research on the innovation process, accelerating innovation for COVID-19 and beyond, and managing innovation remotely among others.
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.
Hila 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.
- Minimal and Adaptive Coordination: How Hackathons’ Projects Accelerate Innovation without Killing it, Academy of Management Journal
- Organizing Work with Algorithmic Augmentation and Artificial Intelligence, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Advanced Technology and Creative Magic: How Technology Use Shapes the Creativity-Innovation Process, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Is the Future of Work Already Here? The Changing Nature of Professionals' Work and Professionalism, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Uncovering Crowds as Interstitial Spaces: Crowds that Influence and that Ought to be Influenced, Academy of Management Proceedings
- From Problem Solvers to Solution Seekers: Knowledge Boundaries Permeation at NASA, Academy of Management Proceedings
SME Subject Areas
Careers, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Sustainability, Ethics, Gender and Diversity, Health Care, Human Resources, International Management, Leadership, Management Consulting, Management Education, Management History, Management Theory, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Organizational Behavior, Public and Nonprofit, Religion and Spirituality, Research Methods, Social Issues, Strategic Management, Technology and Innovation