- Financial and strategic management
Benjamin M. Compaine, M.B.A., Ph.D., business expertise is in opportunity assessment, with a focus on information industries.
His most recent project involved creating a strategic plan for a major publishing company in Moscow, Russia.
Previously he was Research Consultant at the MIT Program on Internet & Telecoms Convergence.
He was the Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Professor of Telecommunications, where he created and was Chairman of the Center for Information Industry Research.
He has been an instructor in financial and strategic management at Boston University.
Ben founded the weekly Philadelphia Review and later was an angel investor and adviser for the Cambridge Chronicle.
He has mentored numerous small businesses. Ben co-founded and was chief executive of Nova Systems Inc., a firm that created and distributed software for management information reporting in telecommunications centers.
He was executive director of the Program on Information Resources Policy (PIRP) at Harvard University where he had responsibility for funding and directing research on the implications of changing information technology for business, government, and society.
He was Director of Books and Studies at Knowledge Industry Publications, Inc.
His research interests include telecommunications policy, mass media economics, entrepreneurship, as well as the political, social and cultural implications of changing information technologies.
He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses including Business Basics for Technological Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Media Economics, Information Technology and Policy, Entrepreneurial Marketing in High-Tech Industries. .
He is the author, co-author or editor of 12 books.
His articles have appeared in trade, popular, and scholarly journals, including Telecommunications Policy, Science Digest, Success, Teleconnect, Foreign Policy, Reason, Daedalus and the Journal of Communication. Articles and cases include “The Future of Media Companies in the International Arena,” “Management Information: Back to Basics,” and “Universal Access to Online Services: An Examination of the Issue.”
He is the co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics from which he received its Award of Honor for his “scholarly contributions and inspiration to the field of media economics” and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Media Management.
He was twice Program Chairman of TPRC’s Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of TPRC, Inc.