Tatiana Sandino

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Tatiana Sandino is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit, teaching the first-year required MBA course Financial Reporting and Control. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, she was an assistant professor at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, where she taught management accounting to evening MBA students and undergraduate accounting majors, and received the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.


Professor Sandino's research examines how organizations use different control mechanisms to lead employees at the executive, middle management, and lower levels toward the achievement of common goals in an organization. She is particularly interested in chain organizations, where control mechanisms can allow firms to successfully replicate a business model across different locations, and in issues concerning executive compensation. Her work has been published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, and Contemporary Accounting Research, and it has been featured in media venues such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Huffington Post, and CNBC.

Professor Sandino earned a DBA in accounting and management at Harvard Business School; an MBA at INCAE Business School, Managua, Nicaragua; and a BS in industrial engineering at the Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.


  1. Received the 2010 Deans Award for Research Excellence from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

  2. Won the 2005 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association for "Introducing the First Management Control Systems: Evidence from the Retail Sector."

  3. Awarded the 2004 Outstanding Paper in Corporate Finance from the Eastern Finance Association for "Stock Options Expensing: Evidence from Shareholders’ Votes" with F. Ferri and G. Markarian.

  4. Received High Distinction and Best Student, Masters in Business Administration, INCAE Business School, in 1997.

  5. Received High Distinction and Best Student, Graduate Degree in Functional Administration, INCAE Business School, 1996.

  6. Won the 2011 Emerging Scholar Competitive Manuscript Award from the Institute of Management Accountants for “Introducing the First Management Control Systems: Evidence from the Retail Sector” (Accounting Review, January 2007).