ben rissing

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Ben Rissing is a PhD student with the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT).  Within the Institute for Work and Employment Research, Rissing focuses on inter-firm governance relationships and international employment relationships.  Ongoing research projects include an analysis of innovative multinational R&D strategies in the pharmaceutical industry and the study of global value chains in emerging economies.

Prior to his study at MIT, Rissing conducted research as a Wertheim Fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School and as a Research Scholar with the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.  In these capacities, Rissing explored outsourcing strategies employed by multinational corporations, engineering and technology workforce generation in China and India, and U.S. entrepreneurship and immigration within technology fields. 

Rissing has a background in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University. He has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from engineering design and technology transfer to public policy in Washington DC. Rissing enjoys competitive fencing, has competed in a number of national competitions, and coaches the Harvard University fencing club.