Benson Honig

Human Resources and Management
Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

905-525-9140, x23943 Available to supervise

Dr. Benson Honig is a global scholar of entrepreneurship whose research interests include nascent, transnational, transitional and social entrepreneurship, professional ethics and social capital. He has published over 80 articles and books in leading academic journal and the media, serves on six editorial boards. He is co-winner of the 2009 Grief Research Impact Award for the highest impact paper in the field of entrepreneurship.

Benson has considerable international teaching experience, having led executive-level entrepreneurship courses at the University of Haifa, Tel Aviv International School of Management, and Stanford University. Locally, he has served on the advisory board for the Innovation Factory: Resource Alliance in Hamilton, Ontario, advising local entrepreneurs on prospects for entrepreneurial endeavours, and the Hamilton Training Advisory Board, promoting social capital for entrepreneurs in Canada and on the Jobs Prosperity Collaborative . He was also a founding board member for Diversity Works in the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and is a founding board member for the Africa Academy of Management, on which he currently sits.


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA (Cum Laude) San Francisco State University
  • ASEET College of San Mateo

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

Gedajlovic, E; Honig, B; Moore, C; Payne, G;Wright, M.(2013) Social Capital and Entrepreneurship: A Schema and Research Agenda. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol 37 (3) 455- 478.

Drori, I and Honig, B (2013) A Process Model of Internal and External Legitimacy. Organization Studies. 34: 345-376

De Clercq, D; Honig, B; Martin, B. (2012). The Roles of Learning Orientation and Passion for Work in the Formation of Entrepreneurial Intention International Small Business Journal (in press)

Honig, B; Samuelsson, M. (2012). Planning and the Entrepreneur:  A longitudinal Examination of Nascent Entrepreneurship in Sweden. Journal of Small Business Management 50(3):365-388.

Honig, B; Bedi, A. (2012). The fox in the hen house: A critical examination of plagiarism among members of the Academy of Management. Academy of Management Learning and Education. Vol. 11 (1):101–123.

Article in Refereed Annual Serials

Honig, B; Davidsson, P, Karlsson, T.(2005) Learning Strategies of Nascent Entrepreneurs  in Sanchez, Ron and Heene, Aimee (eds) A focused issue on Managing Knowledge Assets and organizational learning: Research in Competence  Based Management Vol 2  Elsevier Press


Honig, B., Drori, I., Carmichael, B. (2010). Transnational and Immigrant Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World. University of Toronto Press.

For a complete list of publications, see Dr. Honig’s CV.


Please see Dr. Honig’s CV.


Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership


Professional Activities

Professor Honig’s research in entrepreneurship has been published in such journals as the Journal of ManagementJournal of Business VenturingAcademy of ManagementLearning and Education, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, among others. Dr. Honig is co-winner of the 2009 Grief Research High Impact Award in Entrepreneurship. He is currently an associate editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and serves on six editorial boards, including Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Management Studies. He is a past president of the Canadian Counsel of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is on the boards of the Babson conference and the International Counsel for Small Business. He maintains a global profile, having previously taught in the UK, USA, Sweden, Cyprus, Israel, and Jordan.

Dr. Honig is a member of the Academy of Management, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the Canadian Counsel of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the International Counsel for Small Business.

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