Ryan L. Raffaelli

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Richard Hodgson Fellow

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.


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.

Ryan L. Raffaelli In the News

 
15 Jun 2015
HBS Alumni Bulletin
10 Mar 2015
CNBC: Squawk Alley
10 Jul 2015
Harvard Business School
11 Dec 2015
HH Magazine
14 Jun 2015
Minding Business
05 Feb 2015
WGBH: Innovation Hub
16 Jan 2015
Infusive
21 Jan 2015
Treccani
03 Jun 2015
New York Times Magazine
31 Dec 2014
Inc.
12 Jun 2014
Economist
28 Aug 2014
Harvard Business Review
12 Jun 2014
Handelszeitung
01 Dec 2013
Stanford Social Innovation Review