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 Business and a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three kids.