Benjamin, Scott

Assistant Professor, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business
Business, Nathan M. Bisk College of

Greetings and salutations from Dr. Scott Benjamin.  Welcome to FIT and to my personal profile page.  After a 20 year career across various industries, I decided in 2008 to return to school to pursue my PhD in Strategic Management at the University of Maryland.  Having completed my full time studies in 2012 - I accepted the job at Florida Tech with an eye on bringing the rigor of academic theory together with the practicality of professional experience.  This blend allows me to engage students in real life scenarios using critical thinking to solve real world problems.  I truly enjoy working with students!

Personal Overview

20 year entrepreneurial veteran.

Over 7 startup ventures.

Most recently a real estate developer of multifamily, residential and office projects.

Angel investor to startup ventures.

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Maryland, 2012 - Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

M.B.A. University of Maryland, 2001 - Business Management

B.B.A. University of Miami, 1991 - Entrepreneurship & Real Estate

Recognition & Awards

Fellow for Aspen Institute Beyond Pinstripes Program

 

Current Courses

BUS 4702 - Strategic Management and Business Policies (Capstone Class): Why do some firms have a competitive advantage over others?  This class investigates strategies implemented across industries resulting in how firms create sustainable competitive advantages in the marketplace.

BUS 4504 - Business Plan Research: Business plans play an integral part in creating a foundation for entrepreneurial success.  This class includes student led research on macro concepts of industry competitiveness and micro concepts of firm development.

Professional Experience

I have over 20 years of industry experience.  As a seriel entrepreneur, I have been blessed to have 7 startup ventures under my belt including 2 restaraunts, 1 medical consulting practice, 1 real estate development company, 1 medical components distributorship, 1 Angel investment group and a business accelerator.  These successes (and failures) allow me to bring a fresh industrial perspective to the classroom.

Additional Duties

Principal Investigator FAA Grant - This is a stud commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration to study the potential growth in commercial space transportation. 

Faculty Advisor - Student Investment Club.  Students from all majors gather one evening to week to research stocks, bonds and alternative investments.  We actively manage over $6,000 of University Funds.

Facilitator - Student Business Incubator.  Throughout an 8 week program, I advise, mentor and direct entrepreneurial students seeking to build new ventures and become the innovators of tomorrow.

Current Research

Benjamin, S.N. The Effects of Media Influence and Sensemaking on Innovation Adoption in the US Wind Industry

Benjamin, S.N. Managing Nonmarket Strategies in the Adoption of Innovation

Selected Publications

Benjamin, S.N. Reger, R.K. & Pfarrer, M.D. The Media Effect on the Adoption of Green Technology, Southern Management Association Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2012.

Benjamin, S.N., Reger, R.K., Pfarrer, M.D. & Baum, J.R. Show Me the Time: The Effects of Media Influence on Innovation Adoption in the US Wind Energy Sector, Strategic Management Society Conference Panel Session, Miami, FL, November 2011.

Benjamin, S.N., Reger, R.K., Pfarrer, M.D. & Baum, J.R. The Effects of Media Influence and Sensemaking on Innovation Adoption in the US Wind, Academy of Management Conference, San Antonio, TX,  August 2011.

Benjamin, S.N., Reger, R.K., Pfarrer, M.D. & Baum, J.R. The Effects of Media Influence and Sensemaking on Innovation Adoption in the US Wind, Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference Development Session, Atlanta, GA, May 2011.

Benjamin, S.N., Reger, R.K., Baum, J.R. & Pfarrer, M.D. The Effects of Media Influence and Sensemaking on Innovation Adoption in the US Wind, Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Fairfax, VA, May 2011.

Reger, R.K., Benjamin, S.N., Pfarrer, M.D. Discourse and Dirty Deeds in the Adoption of U.S. Wind Farms.  Presented at INFORMS, Austin, TX, November 2010.

Benjamin, S.N., Reger, R.K. & Pfarrer, M.D., The Bradley Effect: When Sensemaking Does not Make Sense. Presented at the Strategic Management Society, Rome, Italy, September 2010.

Benjamin, S.N., Reger, R.K. & Pfarrer, M.D., & The Bradley Effect: When Sensemaking Does not Make Sense. Presented at the Mason Entrepreneurship Conference, Fairfax, VA, March 2010.

Benjamin, S.N., & Reger, R.K. Social Constructionist Approach to Wind Power Acceptance, Presented at Social Entrepreneurship Conference, NYU, September 2009.

Benjamin, S.N. The Economic Effects of Real Estate Bubbles. Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Program, October 2009.