Ph.D. Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland, 2023 

Dissertation Title: "Essays on Entrepreneurship: The Role of Complexity of Innovation and Efficient Hierarchies"

Dissertation Committee: Serguey Braguinsky (Chair), Rajshree Agarwal (Co-chair), Brent Goldfarb, Evan Starr, & Martin Ganco

M.S. Finance, University of Maryland, 2015

B.A. Business Administration, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2014

B.S. Finance, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 2014

Fields of Specialization

Economics of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Human Capital, Technological Change


Ding, Yuheng, Thomas Astebro, and Serguey Braguinsky. (2023). Declining Science-Based Startups: Strategic Human Capital and the Value of Working in Startups vs. Established Firms. Forthcoming at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

Working Papers

Ding, Yuheng. Complex Innovation and the "Visible Hand": the Role of Knowledge Interdependence in Employee Entrepreneurship. (2023). Ed Snider Center Working Paper No.5. [Link]

*Braguinsky, Serguey, Joonkyu Choi, Yuheng Ding, Karam Jo, and Seula Kim. (2023). Mega Firms and Recent Trends in the U.S. Innovation: Empirical Evidence from the U.S. Patent Data. NBER Working Paper No. 31460. [Link]

Ding, Yuheng. (2022). The Burdens of Technology Adoption on Entrepreneurship: How does the Adoption of EHRs Impact Physician Self-employment in the U.S. Healthcare Sector?

*Ding, Yuheng, Karam Jo, and Seula Kim. (2022). Improving Patent Assignee-Firm Bridge with Web Search Results. Working Papers 22-31, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau, 2022. [Link]

Works in Progress

”Management and Organizational Practices, Business Dynamism, Employee Sorting, and Entrepreneurship” with Rajshree Agarwal, Serguey Braguinsky, Seth Carnahan, Joonkyu Choi, Martin Ganco, John Haltiwanger, Florence Honore, Seula Kim, and Evan Starr, (Data analysis stage with U.S. Census data)

"How costly is green product innovation? Evidence from a structural estimation" with Zhimin Chen and Shirley Tang (Data collection stage)

Research and Relevant Work Experience

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) Researcher, U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 - Present 

Research Assistant, Prof. Rachelle Sampson, University of Maryland, 2016 - 2017

Research Assistant, Prof. Yi Xu, University of Maryland, 2015

Invited Presentations

Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting (2023)

NBER Mega Firms and the Economy Conference (2023)

Ed Snider Center Research Conversation, University of Maryland (2023)

The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (2022)

Strategic Management Society 42nd Annual Conference (2022)

Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC), Doctoral Conference (2022)

Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Research Conference (2022)

Doctoral Consortium on Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2021)

Technology and Declining Economic Dynamism Conference (2020)


Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Small Business Economics, World Development, Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Strategic Management (Upper-level Undergraduate), University of Maryland, Summer and Fall, 2020-2021

Teaching Assistant, Entrepreneurial Capitalism Around the World (Upper-level Undergraduate), University of Maryland, Fall, 2021-2022

Teaching Assistant, Business Consulting: Technology Entrepreneurship (MBA), University of Maryland, Fall, 2019-2020

Teaching Assistant, Financial Econometrics (Master of Finance), University of Maryland, Fall, 2015-2016

Grants and Awards

Finalist of the William H. Newman Award of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2023

  Finalist of the TIM Best Student Paper Award of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2023

Best Paper Proceedings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2023

Nancy S. and Edward F. Ebert Graduate Award in Free Enterprise, 2023

Finalist of the 42nd SMS Annual Conference Ph.D. Paper Prize, 2022

Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant, University of Maryland, 2022

International Conference Student Support Award, University of Maryland, 2022

Graduate Assistantship, Management and Organization Department, University of Maryland, 2017 - Present

University of Maryland Dean’s Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2017 - Present

Tianjin University Outstanding Graduate Honor, 2014

Honorable Mention in COMAP Mathematics Contest in Modeling, 2013


Serguey Braguinsky


R.H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland, College Park


Rajshree Agarwal

Rudolph Lamone Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy

R.H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland, College Park


Brent Goldfarb

Dean’s Professor of Entrepreneurship

R.H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland, College Park


Evan Starr

Associate Professor

R.H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland, College Park