Doctoral Student

Hila Lifshitz - Assaf

Hila is a doctoral candidate in Management at the Harvard Business School, advised by Professors Mike Tushman (dissertation committee chair), Karim Lakhani and Michel Anteby. Her broad research goal is to develop an in-depth empirical and theoretical understanding of the social fabric of innovation and knowledge creation. In particular, she explores how the ability to innovate is being transformed by the Web and the information age, as well as the challenges and opportunities the transformation means for organizations. 

Hila has taught and facilitated courses on Innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital era, leading organizational change, Strategy, and authentic leadership development. Hila's teaching philosophy is fueled by her research on knowledge and innovation, leading to an emphasis on the importance of knowledge work processes, questioning assumptions and diversity.

Hila earned a BA in Management and an LLB in Law (specializing in antitrust law) from Tel Aviv University, Israel (both magna cum laude). She also holds an MBA (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University with an exchange program at NYU Stern, where she studied strategy & entrepreneurship.

Prior to the doctoral program, Hila was a strategy consultant for six years, specializing in growth and innovation strategy. She held related posts at a consulting firm and at a several corporate centers of large international firms in finance and telecommunications. 

  1. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: Grade of “Excellence” on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, Harvard Business School, 2011.

  2. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: First place in MBA Strategy Case Competition, Horowitz Strategy Management Institute, 2006.

  3. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: First in Dean’s List, Recanati Business School, 1999 and 2001.

  4. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: L’Oreal-Recanati Scholarship and Internship for International Management Award in 2000.

  5. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: First Israeli representative in Beta Gamma Sigma European Business Schools conference in 1999.

  6. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: First place in Junior Achievers Israel and candidate in JA worldwide in 1997.

  7. Hila Lifshitz - Assaf: Awarded a Wyss Fellowship from Harvard Business School, 2008 to present