Newest Fellows

  • 2018-19 Batten Fellows

    The Batten Institute welcomes the newest members into its highly competitive Fellows Program: Professor Jan Bena and Professor Siobhán O’Mahony.

    Jan Bena - Batten Fellow

    Jan Bena

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Sauder School of Business
    University of British Columbia

    Project: "Diversity of Innovators’ Human Capital and the Value of Innovation"

    Jan Bena is examining how innovation teams’ quantity and diversity of experience influence the scientific merit and market value of patents the team generates. He will analyze the evolution of inventors’ patent filings over their careers and value their latest patents using leading quantitative and data science methods.

    Professor Bena earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on corporate finance and governance, corporate R&D and innovation, and finance and product market competition. It appears in major journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies.



    Siobhan O'MalleySiobhán O'mahony

    Associate Professor, Strategy and Innovation
    Academic Director of Innovate@BU
    Questrom School of Business
    Boston University

    Project: "What Kind of Village Fosters Entrepreneurs’ Venture Development?"

    Siobhán O’Mahony will investigate how entrepreneurial ecosystems impact entrepreneurs’ ideas for the creation and evolution of new ventures. Specifically, she will look more closely at how local ecosystems influence entrepreneurs’ iteration around the initial venture ideas and how that iteration affects the ventures’ development. This study will rely on the experiences of entrepreneurs who have graduated from accelerator programs.

    Professor O'Mahony studies how collective technical and creative projects organize. At Boston University, O’Mahony teaches two popular electives: "Design Thinking and Innovation" and "Organizing for Innovation." Much of her work examines how innovative projects manage the tension between maintaining open, participatory and pluralistic organizing approaches and preserving project boundaries, purpose and mission. O’Mahony’s work has been published in the top journals in her field and edited volumes. She has provided expert testimony on innovation to the European Union, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Journal.  


    Learn more about the 2018-19 Batten Research Fellows at The Darden Report