PhD Candidate 2012
Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management
Scott Benjamin (MBA, 2001; BBA, 1991) is a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Maryland in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management. His areas of research include the study of non-market externalities on innovation adoption and social value entrepreneurship. Scott also has extensive experience teaching undergraduate, MBA and executive education programs. Scott was the CEO of HRSI, a medical consulting firm and was a Principal with Signature Properties, a real estate investment and development firm.
Dissertation titleManaging Non-Market Externalities in the Adoption of Social Value Innovation
This dissertation consists of two essays that explore the relationship between a firm’s ability to manage non-market externalities and the adoption of social value innovations. Specifically, the first essay investigates the impact that infomediaries, in particular the media, have on the adoption of wind energy projects in the United States. The second essay extends this research by investigating how individual firms can impact stakeholder impressions about innovation through their influence over infomediaries and regulators.
Dissertation Chair: Rhonda Reger
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Selected Publications, Conference Presentations, and Work- in-Progress
As an entrepreneur, Scott has also enjoyed owning and operating several restaurants in Annapolis, Maryland, and is currently an angel investor in numerous projects.
Scott has been active in his community as a wish grantor with The Make-A-Wish Foundation. He serves as a committee member on both the enrollment and financial committees at Rockbridge Academy and will begin his ninth year as a coach for competitive youth travel soccer in the fall.
Scott lives with his wife and two children in Crofton, Maryland. He enjoys any sport with a ball or puck, boating/fishing and spending time with his family.