Ming D. Leung

Ming D. Leung

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PhD Business Administration, Stanford Universtiy
MBA Strategy and Marketing, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
BS Business and Economics, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interest

Organizational Theory

Hiring and Labor Markets

Diversity and Discrimination

Careers and Mobility

Gig-Economy Freelancing and other Technology Mediated Platforms

Dr. Ming D. Leung studies careers, hiring, and labor markets, and in particular, issues pertaining to diversity and discrimination in the workforce. His work explores how career transitions between jobs and within a firm affect ones likelihood of being hired and promoted. Another emphasis of his work is in innovative, contemporary platform markets, such as virtual freelancing, mobile gig-economy work and crowdfunding.

Dr. Leung's publications have appeared in top management and sociology journals, including Organization Science, Management Science, American Journal of Sociology and American Sociological Review. His work has also been featured on NPR Science Friday and the Financial Times.

Dr. Leung has advised both large and small companies, including UpWork, Google, Wonolo, Atipica and Intel, on issues of hiring and diversity initiatives. Dr. Leung holds a PhD from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Businesss and a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three kids.

Selected Publications

Vanessa B. Hurley, Hector P. Rodriguez, Stephen Kearing, Yue Wang, Ming D. Leung, and Stephen M. Shortell. 2020. "The Impact of Decision Aids on Adults Considering Hip or Knee Surgery." Health Affairs, 39, 1.

Barach, Moshe, Aseem Kaul, Ming D. Leung, and Sibo Lu. 2019. “Small numbers bargaining in the age of big data: Evidence from a two-sided labor matching platform.” Strategy Science, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 298-322.

Leung, Ming D. and Sharon Koppman 2018. “Taking a Pass: How Proportional Prejudice and the Decision Not to Hire Reproduce Gender Segregation.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 124, no. 3, pp.762-813.

Leung, Ming D. 2018. “Learning to Hire? Hiring as a Dynamic Experiential Learning Process in an Online Market for Contract Labor.” Management Science, 64 (12):5461-5959.

Leung, Ming D. and Amanda J. Sharkey. 2014. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Audience-side Effect of Multi-category Membership in Markets.” Organization Science, 25 (1) p.171-184.

Leung, Ming D. 2014. “Dilettante or Renaissance Person? How the Order of Job Experiences Affects Hiring in an External Labor Market.” American Sociological Review, 79 (1): 136-58.

Negro, Giacomo and Ming D. Leung. 2013. ““Actual” and Perceptual Effects of Category Spanning.” Organization Science, 24 (3): 684-696.