Ryan L. Raffaelli

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Ryan Raffaelli is an assistant professor of business administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit. He teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) in the MBA required curriculum.

Professor Raffaelli studies the emergence and "re-emergence" of industries, organizations, and technologies. In particular, his research examines how innovations transform industries, organizational turnarounds, and leadership for change. He is currently investigating how organizations in stagnant industries are able to reinvent themselves, and how leaders infuse values in organizations during periods of instability. Professor Raffaelli’s research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations, as well as in a number of edited handbooks on innovation and management. His work has been covered by such media as the New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, TheStreet, Huffington Post, and Yahoo!Finance.

Ryan Raffaelli is an assistant professor of business administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit. He teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) in the MBA required curriculum.

Professor Raffaelli studies the emergence and "re-emergence" of industries, organizations, and technologies. In particular, his research examines how innovations transform industries, organizational turnarounds, and leadership for change. He is currently investigating how organizations in stagnant industries are able to reinvent themselves, and how leaders infuse values in organizations during periods of instability. Professor Raffaelli’s research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations, as well as in a number of edited handbooks on innovation and management. His work has been covered by such media as the New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, TheStreet, Huffington Post, and Yahoo!Finance.

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. 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.
  1. Winner of the 2014 Giarratani Rising Star Award for Best Paper from the Industry Studies Association for “Mechanisms of Technology Re-Emergence and Identity Change in a Mature Industry: Swiss Watchmaking, 1970-2008” (HBS Working Paper 14-048, 2013).

  2. Winner of the 2014 Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of the Academy of Management.

  3. Winner of the 2014 Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award from the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), the Journal of Management Studies (JMS), and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS).

  4. Selected as a finalist for the 2014 INFORMS Best Dissertation Award, Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section.

  5. Received the 2013 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management.

  6. Received the 2013 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management.

  7. Selected as a finalist for the 2012 Best Symposium Award for “Fields of Gold: Mining the Origins, Definitions, and Assumptions Attending Institutional Fields” from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management.