UMass Boston

Benyamin Lichtenstein

Associate Professor
McCormack Hall Floor 05

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, and Small Business Growth, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Complexity Science and Emergence, Organizational Transformation, Leadership


PhD, Boston College, 1998
BA, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1988

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information


Conference design and implementation; Sales and marketing for entrepreneurial companies.

Courses Taught

Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (MGT 667);
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MGT 470);
Organizational Analysis and Skills (MGT 650);
Honors Thesis Program (MGT 478);
Managing Organizations (MGT 303).
Clean-Tech Entrepreneurship (MGT 697)

Research Interests

Emergence and transformation of entrepreneurial ventures; Dynamics of social and organizational change. Complexity science and the ecology of leadership; Social change through entrepreneurial innovation.

Professional Activities

Editorial/Science Boards:
Journal of Business Venturing
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Group and Organizational Management
International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management 

Praxyma, Inc. - Consulting practice for sustainability and growth in entrepreneurial companies

Awards, Grants, and Honors
  • Best Paper Award.  Academy of Management, Organization Theory Division, 2016.  “Complexity at a Crossroads: Exploring a Science of Emergence.”
  • Best Paper Award.  Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, 2013.  For Crawford & Lichtenstein,  “Is There A Single Driver of Entrepreneurship? A Power-Law of Organizational Emergence and Growth”​Social Innovations Assessment Project, for Harvard-Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. 2012—2013. $80,000 grant by the Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston; B. Lichtenstein as Senior Researcher.
  • Employment Options and Financial Security of Older Households, 2012—2013. $95,000 grant by AARP, through the McCormack Graduate School of Social Policy, C. Weller P.I., B. Lichtenstein as co-P.I.
  • Joan Moon Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Management, 2010-2011.
  • College of Management Faculty Research Fellow, 2009-2011. UMass Boston.
  • Best Paper of the Year Award; Academy of Management Executive, 2001 for “Self-Organized Transitions: A Pattern Amidst the ‘Chaos’ of Transformative Change.”
  • Outstanding Paper Award; Journal of Organizational Change Management - MCB Press, 1998. For “Grace, Magic & Miracles: A Chaotic Logic of Organizational Transformation.”
  • Outstanding University Teaching Award—Harry Jack Gray Teaching Scholarship; University of Hartford, 1999-2000
  • Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow; Students in Free Enterprise. 1999-2002. Regional Competition Awardees (Rookies of the Year; and 2nd Runners-Up in the 4-year University section)
  • Outstanding Student Club at the University (Founding Faculty Advisor for the Entrepreneurs Association) - Office of Student Affairs; University of Hartford, 2000-2001.
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