Ryan Raffaelli is an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit and the Richard Hodgson Strategy & Technology Fellow at Harvard Business School. He is also a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) in the MBA required curriculum and in the High Potentials Leadership Program for executives.
Professor Raffaelli studies how innovations transform industries, organizational turnarounds, and leadership for change. His research introduces the concept of "technology reemergence," a process whereby organizations and industries faced with technological change reinvent themselves. He also investigates how organizations in stagnant industries redefine their identity and innovation practices, and how leaders infuse values in institutions, during periods of instability. Professor Raffaelli’s research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations, as well as in a number of edited handbooks on innovation and management. He serves on the editorial review board of Administrative Science Quarterly. His work has been covered by such media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New Yorker, NPR, Fortune, CNBC, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.
Professor Raffaelli earned both a Ph.D. and an MS in management at Boston College. Earlier, he received concurrent master’s degrees in business and government relations and in business ethics at Harvard University. While earning his undergraduate degree in management at Georgetown University, he studied corporate strategy and finance at Oxford University.
Prior to his academic career, Professor Raffaelli was an executive in Accenture’s strategy management consulting practice, advising Fortune 500 companies, global nonprofits, and various U.S. government agencies. He also served briefly as a White House liaison to NASA.