Jacqueline Ng Lane

Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Business School and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). I am also on the job market this Fall 2021/2022.

My research interests lie at the intersection of innovation, knowledge sharing and platforms. More specifically, I leverage field experiments, in addition to archival data and qualitative insights to examine when knowledge exposure to people and ideas with different expertise and backgrounds enables learning, knowledge recombination and innovation.

My research is stimulated by an interest in the innovation process. The overarching question that drives my research is: how do ideas move from inception to implementation to produce innovative outcomes?

In my first stream of research, I use field experiments to examine the role of intentional or “engineered” knowledge exposures to new people and ideas in shaping the innovation process, with a key focus on long-term outcomes. In my second stream of research, I examine evaluation and selection processes on digital platforms, and design interventions to improve the diversity and equality of access to novel opportunities.

I have a PhD in Management Science from Northwestern University, a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University. Before graduate school, I worked at Morgan Stanley and Microsoft.

Email: jnlane[at]hbs.edu