Ming D. Leung

Ming D. Leung

Associate Professor  


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 study careers, hiring, and labor markets, and in particular, issues pertaining to diversity and discrimination in the workforce. His empirical emphasis is in innovative, contemporary platform markets (such as virtual freelancing, mobile gig-economy work, and crowdfunding) which provide granular data requiring sophisticated analytical tools.

Dr. Leung's publications have appeared or have been conditionally accepted in the top management and sociology journals, including: Administrative Science Quarterly, 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 advises both large and small companies, including UpWork, Google, Wonolo, Atipica, and Intel, on issues of hiring and diversity initiatives. He has placed PhD students into Data Scientist positions at local startups and have started technology focused businesses of his own. Finally, he has also served as an expert witness on hiring issues.

Selected Publications

Leung, Ming D. 2019. “Failed Searches: How Job Applicant Pool Experience Variety Affects an Employer’s Decision Not to Hire.” Conditionally Accepted at Administrative Science Quarterly.

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. 2017. “Learning to Hire? Hiring as a Dynamic Experiential Learning Process in an Online Market for Contract Labor.” Management Science, Advance online publication, doi:10.1287/mnsc.2017.2871.

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.