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Maria Binz-Scharf

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Maria Binz-Scharf

Associate Professor - Management


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NAC 5/141A
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Maria Binz-Scharf is Associate Professor of Management in the Economics Department at City College (CUNY), and a Research Fellow at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. She teaches courses on Organization and Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Leadership. Her research focuses on the processes of knowledge sharing across organizational and socially constructed boundaries, with a particular interest in the role information technologies play in these processes. Using ethnographic methods, she has examined informal communication structures in various settings. Currently, she is working on two major projects: one investigates the referral patterns of primary care physicians, and the other one explores the collaborative production of scientific knowledge.

Before joining the faculty at City College in 2004, Dr. Binz-Scharf was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to her stay at Harvard, she co-founded 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 PhD in Business Economics from the University of St. Gallen and a BA/MA from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

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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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