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Maria Binz-Scharf

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Maria Binz-Scharf

Associate Professor - Management


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Maria Christina (MC) Binz-Scharf is associate professor of management in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior, social entrepreneurship, and information and technology management. Her research examines how individuals search for and share knowledge through networks in order to accomplish work. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Education, among others, her studies have been published in a wide variety of journals, including American Review of Public Administration, Cancer, and American Behavioral Scientist. Her research and teaching have also been featured in national and international press outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Hispanic Outlook, Wiener Zeitung, and Tribun Jogja (Indonesia). Currently, she is writing a book on the future of work in the networked economy. Beyond her scholarly pursuits, Dr. Binz-Scharf is active as a social justice advocate for gender equality and the advancement of underserved populations in the workplace. Before joining the faculty at City College in 2004, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to her postdoc at Harvard, she cofounded and managed the Center of Excellence for Electronic Government at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and worked at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Binz-Scharf holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of St. Gallen and a B.A. from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. When she’s not observing people at work or advocating for the underserved, she enjoys skiing, yoga, spending time with her husband and kids, learning about art, and exploring the world.

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B.A./M.A. Bocconi University; University of St. Gallen, PhD

Courses Taught

Eco 34000 Organization and Management

Eco 35800 Governmental Regulation and Executive Decision Making

Eco 31206 Leadership



Binz-Scharf, Maria Christina (2009). Exploration and Exploitation – Toward a Theory of Knowledge Sharing in Digital Government Projects. Saarbruecken: SVH Verlag. 204pp. ISBN 978-3838101866.

Mergel, Ines, David Lazer, and Maria Christina Binz-Scharf (2008). Lending a helping hand: Voluntary engagement in knowledge sharing. International Journal of Learning and Change 3(1), pp. 5-22.

Binz-Scharf, Maria Christina (2007). The road to success of the US government’s web portal. In: Mayer- Schoenberger, Viktor and David Lazer (Eds.), Governance and Information Technology - From Electronic Government to Information Government. Boston: MIT Press, pp. 33-37. 

Lazer, David and Maria Christina Binz-Scharf (2007). It takes a network to build a network. In: Mayer-Schoenberger, Viktor and David Lazer (Eds.), Governance and Information Technology - From Electronic Government to Information Government. Boston: MIT Press, pp. 262-278.

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