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Benjamin Barraza

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope or dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our Nation."
-President John F. Kennedy, 1961

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Benjamin Barraza, MBA MRes

Senior Manager, Application Development

Adjunct Faculty, John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics
MBA Program
Office: +1 (801) 626-7965
Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

My expertise is split between software development, business management, and education. As a programmer, I have been focused on full-stack, full-lifecycle enterprise software development. Personally, my applications have facilitated nearly $100M in financial transactions, billions of network transactions, and are the foundation for a high-availability, mission-critical application ecosystem. 

As a manager, I am focused on mentoring programmers, developers, designers, business analysts, and strategists within all tiers of the organization. Currently our team portfolio provides direct oversight or advisory oversight to more than 200 disparate applications servicing the full breadth of the campus community facilitating approximately a million sessions a month. Our key in-house developed products are our content management system that hosts 12,000 pages managed by over 600 users, and the eWeber portal that connects the campus community to all of the online offerings at WSU.

As an adjunct faculty member in our ranked business school's MBA program, it has been my privilege to teach and associate with talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds. My passion is to bring high impact pedagogies into the classroom that facilitate career transitions and real-world experience for the engaged learners.

As a doctoral student, my principle area of research is the strategic management of innovation and technology. Currently I am exploring the intersection of Blockchain and platform markets. Principle questions are related to how managerial decision making impacts the co-evolution of the technology and the ecosystem; ultimately looking at strategic decision making within the firm and from an ecosystem perspective.


Professional Positions

  • Senior Manager, Application Development; Weber State University (2017 - Present)
  • Senior Architect, Application Development; Weber State University (2012-2017)
  • Adjunct Faculty, John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics, MBA Program (2012 - Present)
  • Web Systems Architect, Application Development; Weber State University (2006-2012)
  • Web Developer II, Application Development; Weber State University (2003-2006)
  • Web Developer, Application Development; Weber State University (1999-2003)



Platform innovation (multi-sided markets, multi-sided platforms), Innovation Management, Strategy under uncertainty, Blockchain, Economic inequality, Economics of entrepreneurship and innovation, Productivity, Strategic innovation, Entrepreneurship and ideation, Technology development

Publications and Refereed Conference Proceedings

Barraza, Benjamin (2019) "The Worth of Words: How Technical White Papers Influence ICO Blockchain Funding," MIS Quarterly Executive: Vol. 18 : Iss. 4 , Article 8. Available at:

Barraza, Benjamin; Ravindran, Kiron; and Arenas, Alvaro E., "Gold Rushes and Bandwagons: Blockchain’s Markets and Developers" (2023). AMCIS 2023 Proceedings. 21.

Barraza, Benjamin; Ravindran, Kiron; and Arenas, Alvaro E., "Initial Coin Offerings" (2023). ICIS 2023 TREOS. 122.

Utah Engaged Faculty Retreat. (2017)
Building reciprocity into the business engagement model: An approach to bridging three significant gaps in highly constrained upper division business courses

Selected Course Papers/Works in Progress
  • Strategic Innovation Management in Open Governance Platforms: The Technological Trajectory of Blockchain (2018)
    B. Barraza
  • Playing Chess in the Park: Platform Strategy in an Open Source World (2018)
    B. Barraza
  • Life and Death in Blockchain Ecosystems: Firm Exits, Cryptocurrency Monetary Policy, and Shared Codebases (2018)
    B. Barraza
  • Reframing Innovation’s Contributions to Productivity: A Moderate Approach to Measurement, Learning and Absorption, and Market Potential (2015)
    B. Barraza
  • Fast Expanding Markets: Growth of Fitness Wearables in the U.S. (2015)
    S. Drew, B. Barraza, C. Gendron, S. King, M. Osseiran, J. Rutherford, L. Zadina
  • Personal Data in a Global Network: Trust Compacts as Data Crosses Borders (2014)
    B. Barraza, V. Palma, D. Reime, E. Sudhyadhom, I. Smith
  • Consumer Surveillance: Transitory Attitudes (2014)
    B. Barraza
  • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS); MISQ-E Special Edition Workshop: “Delivering Business Value through Enterprise Blockchain Applications” (2018)
  • Innovation and the ICO: Signaling Technological Differentiators in Blockchain Ecosystems
  • Wildcat TechExpo. (2012)
  • The Future of Mobile Computing: An Ecosystem Approach


  • MBA 6160 - Applications of Decision Models. Goddard School of Business and Economics. Decision modeling, analysis, optimization, Big Data management, and Monte Carlo simulation (2013 – Present)
  • MBA – Data Analytics and Business Intelligence. Goddard School of Business and Economics. Course development
  • Upper Division Supply Chain Management – Simulation. Goddard School of Business and Economics. Modeling, optimization, analytics, and Monte Carlo simulation
  • Upper Division Computer Science – Guest lecturer on high impact project management
  • Upper Division Computer Science – UI/UX Seminar. Guest lecturer on enterprise user interface design approaches
  • Upper Division Computer Science – Guest lecturer on high availability web systems

Professional Service

  • Reviewer
    • ICIS 2019 - Present
    • ECIS 2020 - Present
    • AMCIS 2020 - Present
    • AoM (CTO, TIM, STR) 2020 - Present

Fellowships/Invited Positions/Societies


  • Board of Trustees, EnableUtah (2012-2015)
    • Chair: Business Development Committee
    • Chair: Executive Training Committee
    • Chair: Presidential Search Committee
    • Member: Finance and Audit Committee
  • CAVI Exploratory Group (2015)
    From MIT’s HackingMedicine 2015, a group formed to explore Computer Assisted Visual Inspection to improve cervical cancer detection rates in resource constrained areas

Platform Expertise and Programming Languages

  • VB.NET
  • C#
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • JQuery
  • Windows Server
  • IIS
  • T-SQL
  • XML
  • OOP
  • SOA
  • MS SQL Server
  • NVivo

International Living/Study Abroad

  • Madrid, Spain; Doctoral studies (multiple on-campus intensives) 
  • England, United Kingdom; Program and curriculum evaluation; 
  • Shanghai & Beijing, China; International Field Studies - Operations and Business Development;
  • Se Habla Español