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Donald R. Lessard

Academic Advisor
MIT Sloan School of Management
To contact Donald R. Lessard, please email Jake George at or call +1.617.864.7900

Dr. Lessard is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Engineering Systems Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research interests are on global strategic management and project management, and his current projects include: dynamic capabilities in global strategy; global dynamics of development, production, and deployment of clean(er) energy technologies; and risk and global strategy.

Dr. Lessard has published extensively on these topics in academic and professional journals, and is co-author of Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects: Shaping Institutions, Risks, and Governance. (MIT Press 2001 with Roger Miller).

A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Dr. Lessard has served as Deputy Dean of the Sloan School with responsibilities for research, international programs, and executive education; co-chair of the MIT Energy Studies Program that launched an institute-wide undergraduate energy minor; and founding director of the MIT Executive MBA, the BP Projects and Engineering Academy, and the Li and Fung Executive Development Program. He also led the MIT-Merrill Lynch Partnership, MIT's first large-scale collaboration with a financial services firm.

A leader in international management education, Dr. Lessard is a past President of the Academy of International Business and Dean of the Fellows of the Academy. He is a Senior Fellow of the Fung Global Institute, a Hong-Kong based think tank. As an Academic Advisor to The Brattle Group, he has led major consulting assignments with firms, banks, and government agencies throughout the world.

Oil and Gas Strategy Innovation through Partnering
September 2014
Sigurd Heiberg and Donald R. Lessard
Published in Energy Strategy Reviews, Volume 3
House of Project Complexity: Understanding complexity in large infrastructure projects
May 2014
Donald R. Lessard, Vivek Sakhrani, and Roger Miller
Published in Engineering Project Organization Journal
The Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects: Shaping Institutions, Risks and Governance
Donald R. Lessard, Roger Miller, and IMEC Research Group
Published by The MIT Press
Volatile Exchange Rates Can Put Operations at Risk
July 1986
Donald R. Lessard and John B. Lightstone
Published in Harvard Business Review
Country Risk and the Structure of International Financial Intermediation
In Financial Risk: Theory, Evidence, and Implications: Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Economic Policy Conference of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, edited by Courtenay C. Stone, and published by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Risk Bearing and the Choice of Contract Forms for Oil Exploration and Development
Donald R. Lessard, C.R. Blitzer, and J.L. Paddock
Published in The Energy Journal
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