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Joint PhD in Organizational Behavior and Sociology, Harvard University
Masters in Sociology (AM), Harvard University
Bachelors in Finance, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (BBA), Summa Cum Laude

How do leaders work across disciplines, organizations, cultures, and networks to co-create and implement novel solutions, sustainable human-centered change, and entrepreneurial ventures?  Over the past twenty years, this question has motivated Elizabeth Long Lingo's research, innovative project-based teaching, and efforts to advance organizational transformation and policy change to forge more equitable and creatively vibrant organizations, cities, and fields of enterprise. 

As an ethnographer of work and organizations, Professor Long Lingo is especially interested in the situated and lived experience of everyday work, and inductively analyzes qualitative data to build new theory and unexpected insights. Her scholarship is primarily process-focused, and offers three major contributions to the field: 1) launching a stream of research on creative brokering that informs how leaders advance entrepreneurial opportunities and novel outcomes within networks; 2) illuminating the micro-processes that enable low-power and under-represented actors to advance change and innovation; and 3) exploring how digital technology both constrains and enhances creative work.

Professor Long Lingo’s research has been published in top-tier journals including Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ), Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Harvard Business Review, Poetics, Work and Occupations, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and featured in the New York Times, The Guardian (UK), Forbes, Fortune, and BBC Global news. She was recognized in the ASQ Editor’s Choice Collections as authoring one of the top papers focused on networks and knowledge.

Professor Long Lingo is Co-PI on two National Science Foundation ADVANCE grants, including WPI’s Adaptation grant, “Advancing toward “FULL” Representation of Women in STEM at WPI” and the Partnership grant, “ImPACT: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Information Technology.”  As a co-PI Professor Long Lingo is investigating structural and systemic biases and barriers within Associate-to-Full promotion processes, with a particular interest in the transformative role of department heads. This work has great potential to lessen inequity among the senior ranks of faculty, better align rewards with institutional missions and strengths, and develop a national model for other STEM and project-based academic institutions. 

Professor Long Lingo's next ethnographic research study is focused on the practices and systems that enable leaders—especially women and under-represented groups—to co-create and implement sustainable human-centered change, and entrepreneurial ventures at the intersection of business, global studies, and technology.

Professor Long Lingo joined WPI because teaching is one of her core passions. She thrives on building STEM students’ leadership capabilities and awakening their minds to the complex and messy web of often hidden interpersonal, team, and organizational dynamics that undergird personal career success and business outcomes. Her mission is to help WPI students graduate with the capacity to build more equitable, effective and humane teams and organizations; co-create human-centered solutions across disciplines and cultures; more deftly manage the ambiguity they will encounter in real-life projects; and handle potential difficult conversations and leadership challenges with resilience, grace and empathy.

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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG 2: Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 5: Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries

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SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Scholarly Work

Professor Lingo publishes research on how individuals come together across disciplines, organizations, cultures, and networks to co-create and implement novel solutions, entrepreneurial ventures, and sustainable human-centered change.

Featured works:

Lingo, E. L. (2022). Digital Curation and Creative Brokering: Managing Information Overload in Open Organizing. Organization Studies, 01708406221099697.

Lingo, E. L., & Bruns, H. C. (2020). Auto-Tuned and R-Squared: Quality Evaluations and Organizing Creativity. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 20662). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Lingo, E. L., & McGinn, K. L. (2020). A New Prescription for Power Spend less time exerting control and more time mobilizing energy and commitment. Harvard Business Review, 98(4), 66-75.

Lingo, E. L. (2020). Entrepreneurial leadership as creative brokering: The process and practice of co‐creating and advancing opportunity. Journal of Management Studies, 57(5), 962-1001.

Lingo, E. L., & Elmes, M. B. (2019). Institutional preservation work at a family business in crisis: Micro-processes, emotions, and nonfamily members. Organization Studies, 40(6), 887-916.

McGinn, K. L., Ruiz Castro, M., & Lingo, E. L. (2019). Learning from mum: Cross-national evidence linking maternal employment and adult children’s outcomes. Work, Employment and Society, 33(3), 374-400.

Lingo, E. L. (2018). 12 Brokerage and Creative Leadership. In: Creative leadership: Contexts and prospects.

Lingo, E. L., Fisher, C. M., & McGinn, K. L. (2014). Negotiation processes as sources of (and solutions to) interorganizational conflict. In Handbook of conflict management research. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Lingo, E. L., & Tepper, S. J. (2013). Looking back, looking forward: Arts-based careers and creative work. Work and occupations, 40(4), 337-363.

Lee, C. W., & Lingo, E. L. (2011). The “Got Art?” paradox: Questioning the value of art in collective action. Poetics, 39(4), 316-335.

Lingo, E. L., & O'Mahony, S. (2010). Nexus work: Brokerage on creative projects. Administrative science quarterly, 55(1), 47-81. Selected for ASQ Editor’s Choice Collections.

Lingo, E. L. (2010). The creative foil: Managing multi-disciplinary expertise. In Qualitative organizational research: Best papers from the Davis conference on qualitative research (pp. 91-113). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Professional Highlights & Honors
* Senior Editorial Board for Organization Studies ,

* Co-PI on two NSF ADVANCE grants—a $1M Adaptation and a $1M Partnership grant,

* Best Paper, Academy of Management Annual Conference,

* Founding Faculty Member, Hybrid Strategic Design Thinking MBA, Philadelphia University,

* Best Paper, European Group for Organization Studies Annual Conference, Careers and Institutions track,

* TedX talk, “Reimagine Higher Education for Creative Fluency”,

* Administrative Science Quarterly Editors’ Choice Collection, Networks and Knowledge,

* Founding Director, Mount Holyoke Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab,

* Best Paper, Conference for Qualitative Research, University of California, Davis,

* Founding Director, Vanderbilt Creative Campus Initiative and Curb Honors Scholars Program in Creative Enterprise and Public Leadership,

* Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Program on Negotiation,

* Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard Business School,

* Finance Undergraduate of the Year, Isenberg School of Management, UMass, Amherst,