Learn More About Raffaella Sadun
Raffaella Sadun is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on managerial and organizational drivers of productivity and growth in corporations and the public sector. She co-founded several large-scale projects to measure management practices and managerial behavior in organizations, such as the World Management Survey, the Executive Time Use Study, and the first large-scale management survey in hospitals, MOPS-H, conducted in partnership with the US Census Bureau. Her work has helped uncover the extent to which the diffusion of “basic” management and organizational practices varies across organizations within and across countries, and how this affects productivity at the micro and macro levels.
Sadun currently co-leads the Digital Reskilling Lab at HBS, where she studies the effectiveness of large-scale digital training investments made in private and public sector organizations. She also serves as director of the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Group in Organizational Economics, faculty co-chair of the Harvard Project on the Workforce, co-editor for the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and associate editor for Management Science. She is the author of articles published in journals such as “The Quarterly Journal of Economics,” “American Economic Review” and “Journal of Political Economy.”
Sadun served as an economic advisor to the Italian government in 2020 and 2022 and received the honor of Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” the highest-ranking order of the Republic awarded for “merit acquired by the nation” in 2021. In 2022 she was awarded the Prize “Fondazione de Sanctis per le Scienze Economiche.” Sadun received her Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Raffaella Sadun is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.
The Myth of the Brilliant, Charismatic Leader
November 23, 2022
Visualizing a Century of Management Ideas
September 19, 2022
The C-Suite Skills That Matter Most
Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck In A Narrow Rut
April 24, 2022
Behind the Research: Raffaella Sadun Q+A
June 11, 2021
Communication in Organizations (Audio)
March 23, 2021
Will We Ever Get Back to the Office? (Video)
January 24, 2021
Where Did The Commute Go?
McKinsey Award Winner: Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?
Google’s Secret Formula for Management? Doing the Basics Well
August 30, 2017
Basic Competence Can Be a Strategy (Audio)
August 24, 2017
Remote Work Across Jobs, Companies, and Space
(University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics, March 2023)
The Impact of Covid-19 On Digital Communication Patterns
(Humanities and Social Science Communications, 2022)
The World Management Survey at 18: Lessons and the Way Forward
(Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2021)
How Does Working From Home During Covid-19 Affect What Managers Do? Evidence From Time-Use Studies
(Human-Computer Interaction, 2021)
Turbulence, Firm Decentralization and Growth in Bad Times
(American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2021)
CEO Behavior and Firm Performance
(Journal of Political Economy, 2020 )
Measuring Collaboration in Modern Organizations
(American Economic Association, 2020)