Tatiana Sandino is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Management at Harvard Business School. She teaches the first-year required MBA course "Financial Reporting and Control.”
Tatiana's research examines how organizations use different control mechanisms to lead employees towards the achievement of common goals in an organization. Her research includes two related topics. First, she examines mechanisms by which top management can direct and control the work of managers and employees at lower levels in the organization. She is particularly interested in examining these problems in the context of chain organizations, where control mechanisms can allow firms to successfully replicate a business model across different locations, scaling up services that are valued by society. Second, she examines management control problems at the executive level by analyzing the process by which executive pay is set, the different constituencies influencing this process, and the circumstances that may lead to more or less effective executive compensation packages.
Tatiana’s work has been published in top academic journals including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research and Contemporary Accounting Research and featured in the media in venues such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the CNBC network. She has received various awards for her research, including the 2011 Emerging Scholar Competitive Manuscript Award from the Institute of Management Accountants, the 2010 Deans Award for Research Excellence from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and the 2005 Management Accounting Section Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Accounting Association.
Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Tatiana was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, where she taught management accounting courses to MBA and accounting undergraduate students. Tatiana received a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master in Business Administration from INCAE Business School (Managua, Nicaragua), and a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica).