Rafaella Sadun is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. She earned an M.Sc. in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE). While studying for her doctorate, she worked as a researcher at the LSE-affiliated Centre for Economic Performance.
Her research interests are in the economics of productivity, organization, management practices, and information technology. In her research, Dr. Sadun focuses on how firms differ in their management practices and organizational structure across countries and industries. By linking firm-level data with macroeconomic information, she documents the importance of economic as well as cultural factors in determining a company's managerial choices - such as whether to centralize or decentralize its decision making - and ultimately its performance. Another aspect of this work examines how firms can make managerial choices that allow them to reap the full benefits of their information technology investments. At the moment she is involved in a joint project with economists at LSE and Stanford University, which evaluates the role played by management practices for the performance of schools and hospitals. She has also started an international project which studies the activites of top CEOs and analyzes the role played by the use of time of top executives for firm performance.
Assistant Professor Sadun's work has been published in major economic journals including the American Economic Review, and covered in the business press, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.