Harvard Prof Arrested

Lee Fleming is the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

According to his web site, “his current work develops the strategic implications of inventor collaboration networks at the individual and regional level of analysis, the influence of non-competes on inventor mobility and knowledge flow, and author disambiguation of the patent inventor database (supported by NSF grant 0830287).”  http://drfd.hbs.edu/fit/public/facultyInfo.do?facInfo=bio&[email protected]

Now Fleming is facing charges of assault and battery by use of hot coffee and a thermos, according to the current issue of The Harvard Crimson. 


Harvard Business School professor Lee O. Fleming is pleading not guilty to charges of assault and battery after police arrested him last week for allegedly throwing hot coffee at an individual during a parking dispute.

Fleming’s lawyer, Paul R. Mastrocola of Burns & Levinson LLP, said that the professor “looks forward to addressing these allegations in court.” He and Fleming both declined to comment on the specifics of the incident and court proceedings due to the pending criminal charges, but Mastrocola added that they are confident the professor will be vindicated. He did confirm that the dispute took place on a Cambridge public street.

According to the Cambridge Police Department’s online Daily Public Log, Fleming and another individual got into an argument on June 1 about a parking situation, after which Fleming “threatened the victim with a thermos and threw hot coffee all over the victim.” He was arrested at 8:43 a.m. for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (hot coffee) and by means of a dangerous weapon (thermos).

Cambridge Police Department spokesman Frank T. Pasquarello said that the investigation is ongoing and that both parties have been cooperating with police. He declined to disclose the identity of the victim.


Media write-ups of the altercation based on a police report state that Fleming called police after finding a car parked in front of his driveway. The situation reportedly escalated after the car’s owner came out to move the vehicle, although Fleming is said to have apologized for his actions after he cooled down. http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=528498

Nice to know what one learns in Organizational Behavior these days.