Raffaella Sadun

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Raffaella Sadun is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Richard Hodgson Fellow in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Sadun's research focuses on the economics of productivity, management and organizational change. Her research documents the economic and cultural determinants of managerial choices, as well as their implications for firm performance. Most recently, Professor Sadun has led an international research project with colleagues from the London School of Economics, Stanford University and McKinsey & Company studying the role of management for the performance of acute care hospitals and secondary schools in Europe and North America. Professor Sadun's work has appeared in leading peer reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Economic Journal, and has been featured in the business press, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Faculty Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. In 2012 Professor Sadun was nominated as a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation.

Professor Sadun completed her PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics. Prior to her doctoral studies, Professor Sadun earned a M.Sc. in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.​

  1. Management practices across schools and hospitals

    In Summer 2009 Professor Sadun has worked with a team of 30 MBAs and postgraduates to collect a large cross-country survey of management practices in high-schools and general hospitals across the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Over the course of the Summer, more than 1,900 organizations have been interviewed, and their responses are currently being analyzed. The first report was launched in October 2010 and can be downloaded here. More details on the project can be found here.

  2. What does a CEO do?

    Together with academics from HBS and LSE, Professor Sadun in currently involved in a project that seeks to understand how CEOs in Europe and the United States allocate their time between internal and external matters and how their use of time influences corporate performance. Findings from data on 120 top Italian CEOs shows a positive correlation between specific time allocations and firm performance. Data in China, India and the US is currently being collected. More details on the project can be found here.