Elizabeth Long Lingo is an Assistant Professor of Innovative Leadership and Creative Enterprise at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She was a founding faculty member of Philadelphia University’s Strategic Design MBA for Hybrid Thinkers.
Elizabeth’s research, teaching, and consulting focuses on how entrepreneurs, innovative leaders, change makers and creative producers advance their ideas from concept to implementation. She is especially interested in the negotiated nature of collective creativity—how claims to control, legitimacy, and expertise are contested and managed in practice, and how leaders manage ambiguity as they co-create across networks, disciplines, and organizational boundaries. Her research offers new insight into network brokerage as process and as a relational practice. Elizabeth is also interested in gender and leadership outcomes—and how to best support women across the globe advance novel solutions and change.
As an ethnographer, Elizabeth focuses on the actual work of leaders as they engage these challenges. Her research has been published in top-tier journals including Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ), 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. Her ethnographic research on music producers working in the Nashville country music industry was recognized as a best paper at the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, and was chosen for the ASQ Editor’s Choice Collections as one of the top papers focused on networks and knowledge.
Elizabeth is passionate about helping leaders systematically develop their individual and organizational capacity to invent and imagine, work across disciplinary and organizational boundaries, manage ambiguity, and negotiate collective creativity. She is especially interested in working with leaders seeking to reimagine their organizations and campuses around entrepreneurship, innovation, and creative enterprise.
*A featured speaker at TedX and other national conferences focused on innovation in higher education
*Founding Director of Vanderbilt's Curb Creative Campus Initiative and Programs in Creative Enterprise and Public Leadership
*Designed and facilitated a Change Makers curriculum for the International Fulbright Scholars Lab-to-Market programs
*Founding faculty member of one the nation's first hybrid Strategic Design MBA programs.
*Designed and led the launch of Mount Holyoke College's Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiative.
*Consulted with colleges and universities on the design and launch of arts and engineering collaborations, multi-disciplinary research initiatives, campus-wide creativity initiatives, social innovation and design labs, and maker spaces.
*Worked with artists, entrepreneurs, and government leaders to launch creative city initiatives and summits in Nashville, TN and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
*Researched entrepreneurship and creative industries as a Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, the nation's premier public policy think tank focused on art, culture, creative enterprise, and the creative workforce.
Elizabeth has advanced several national research projects focused on creative ecosystems, innovation, and the creative workforce, and in a secondary stream, on gender and global leadership and entrepreneurship outcomes. Her research focuses on how claims to control, legitimacy, and expertise are negotiated in the collective creative process and the relational brokerage work involved in managing ambiguity when harnessing expertise across disciplines, organizations, and networks. Her research has been published in top-tier journals including Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ), Poetics, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and featured in the New York Times, The Guardian (UK), Forbes, Fortune, the BBC Global news network, Canadian Broadcast System, NPR, and KQED in San Francisco. Her ethnographic research on music producers working in the Nashville country music industry was recognized as a best paper at the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, and was chosen for the ASQ Editor’s Choice Collections as one of the top papers focused on networks and knowledge.
Ph.D., Harvard Business School and Harvard University
Focus: Organizational Behavior and Negotiations; Fellow in Harvard's Program on Negotiation
A.M., Harvard University
Focus: Sociology of Work and Organizations
Bachelors of Business Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Finance, Summa Cum Laude