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 coauthor, with Roger Miller, of Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects: Shaping Institutions, Risks, and Governance (MIT Press, 2001).

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.


Stanford University, PhD in Business Administration/Finance, MBA, and BA in Hispanic American Studies