Eric Fong, Ph.D.

UAH College of Business


301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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His research has been widely recognized and published in respected journals including Science, Strategic management Journal, Research Policy, PLoS One, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and the California Management Review. Dr. Fong’s research primarily focuses on critical topics such as CEO compensation, firm governance, innovation, and academic and research ethics.

Dr. Fong has shared his insights and findings at over twenty-five prestigious conferences worldwide, including the Academy of Management Conference and the World Open Innovation Conference. He has made substantial contributions to the academic community by serving as a reviewer for over twenty renowned journals including the Journal of Management, the International Journal of HRM, and Applied Psychology: An International Review.

Throughout his career, Dr. Fong has received numerous awards and honors for his exceptional teaching and service. He has been recognized as the Outstanding Faculty of the UAH College of Business and has received numerous Outstanding Teaching awards during his tenure. In addition to his research and teaching achievements, Dr. Fong he has been awarded over $350,000 in grants, enabling him to continue his research endeavors.


  • Ph.D., Strategy & Organizational Theory, University of Florida, 2004
  • B.S., Management (with Honors) and Psychology (with Honors), University of Florida, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Business, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2018-2019.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, College of Business, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2018-2019.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Business, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2017-2018.


  • Business Strategy
  • Executive Compensation
  • Innovation
  • Governance
  • Academic Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Organizational Structure
  • Stakeholder Management

Recent Publications

  • Fong, E.A., Patnayakuni, R., & Wilhite, A.W. 2023. Accommodating coercion: Authors, editors, and citations. Research Policy, 52(2): 104754.

  • Fong, E.A. & Wilhite, A.W. 2021. The impact of false investigators on grant funding. Research Policy, 50(10): 104366.

  • Lee, Y. & Fong, E.A. 2020. Patent lifecycle management strategies in open innovation projects. Drug Discovery Today, 25(10): 1782-1785.

  • Fong, E.A., Wilhite, A.W., Hickman, C., & Lee, Y. 2020. The legal consequences of research misconduct: False investigators and grant proposals. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 48(2): 331-339. 

  • Lee, Y., Fong, E. A., Barney, J., & Hawk, A. 2019 Solving complex problems using open innovation: A knowledge divergence perspective. California Management Review, 62(1): 144-166.

  • Hickman, C., Fong, E.A., Wilhite, A., Lee, Y. 2019. Academic misconduct and criminal liability: Manipulating academic journal impact factors. Science and Public Policy, 46(5): 661-667. 

  • Lee, Y. & Fong, E. A. 2019. The impact of diversifying and de novo firms on regional innovation performance in an emerging industry: a longitudinal study of the U.S. Ethanol Industry. Industry and Innovation, 26(7): 769-794.

  • Wilhite, A., Fong, E.A., & Wilhite, S. 2019. The influence of editorial decisions and the academic network on self-citations and journal impact factors. Research Policy 48(6): 1513-1522.

  • Lee, Y., St. John, C., Fong, E. A., & Bao, Y. 2018. Flexible new product development processes and appropriability: Intellectual property and first-mover. International Journal of Innovation Management, 22(1): 1850003(1-29).

  • Fong, E. A., & Wilhite, A. 2017. Authorship and citation manipulation in academic research. PLoS ONE 12(12), e0187394.