Coleman Fung Chair in Engineering Leadership
Ph.D. Stanford Department of Industrial Engineering

330B Blum Center
(510) 664-4586
E-mail: lfleming(at)           


Lee Fleming joined the IEOR Dept. at UCB this Fall 2011 and is the Faculty Director of the Coleman Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership. He teaches the engineering leadership and capstone integration courses within the Masters of Engineering curriculum. His research investigates how managers can increase their organization's chances of inventing a breakthrough, through types of collaboration, the integration of scientific and empirical search strategies, and the recombination of diverse technologies. His recent work has disambiguated the U.S. patent record and demonstrated that noncompete agreements create a brain-drain from states that enforce noncompetes to states that do not. His is currently using big data techniques to study innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge flow, and science policy.


Dr. Fleming earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at UC Davis. Dr. Fleming earned a Masters in Engineering Management from Stanford University in the Honors Cooperative Program. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stanford. He also completed a Masters in statistics during his doctoral years. Between 1998 and 2011, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School, most recently as the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration.


  • Strategies for product invention, through types of collaboration.
  • The integration of scientific and empirical search strategies.
  • The recombination of diverse technologies.
  • Innovation, social networks, knowledge diffusion, regional economics.


  •  With M. Marx and J. Singh, "Regional Disadvantage: Non-competes and Brain Drain." Submitted for review.
  • With R. Lai and A. D'Amour, A. Yu, Y. Sun, V. Torvik. "Disambiguation and co-author networks of the U.S. Patent Inventor Database." Submitted for review.
  • With C. Jira and D. Waguespack, "Human Capital, Social Capital, and Leadership in Open Innovation Communities." Submitted for review.
  • With K. Younge and T. Tong, "How anticipated employee mobility affects acquisition likelihood: Evidence from a natural experiment." Submitted for review (winner of SMS Conference Best Paper Award).
  • Singh, J. and L. Fleming "Lone Inventors as Sources of Technological Breakthroughs: Myth or Reality?" Management Science, 56 (2010): 41-56.
  • Marx, M. and D. Strumsky, L. Fleming "Mobility, Skills, and the Michigan Non-compete Experiment," Management Science, 55 (2009): 875-889 (lead article).
  • Waguespack, D. and L. Fleming "Scanning the Commons: Evidence on the Benefits to Startups Participating in Open Standards Development," Management Science, 55 (2009): 210-223.
  • Fleming, L. and D. Chen, S. Mingo, "Collaborative Brokerage, Generative Creativity, and Creative Success." Administration Science Quarterly, 52 (2007): 443-475.
  • Fleming, L. and C. King, A. Juda, "Small Worlds and Regional Innovation." Organization Science, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2007), pp. 938-954.
  • Fleming, L. and D. Waguespack, "Brokerage, Boundary Spanning, and Leadership in Open Innovation Communities ," Organization Science, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2007), pp. 165-180 (lead article).
  • Fleming, L. and M. Marx, "Managing Creativity in a Small World," California Management Review 48 (Summer 2006): 6-27 (lead article).
  • Sorenson, O. and L. Fleming "Science and the Diffusion of Knowledge." Research Policy, 33 (2004): 1615-1634.
  • Fleming, L. and O. Sorenson "Science as a Map in Technological Search." Strategic Management Journal, 25 (2004): 909-928.
  • Fleming, L. "Finding the Organizational Sources of Technological Breakthroughs: the Story of Hewlett-Packard's Thermal Ink-Jet." Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 11, No. 5 (2002): 1059-1084.
  • Fleming, L. "Recombinant Uncertainty in Technological Search." Management Science, Vol. 47, No. 1 (2001): 117-132.
  • Fleming, L. and O. Sorenson "Technology as a Complex Adaptive System: Evidence from Patent Data." Research Policy, 30 (2001): 1019-1039.