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Harvard Business School
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Ryan Raffaelli is an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. He co-created and teaches the course "Leadership Execution and Action Planning" (LEAP) in the MBA elective curriculum and previously taught "Leadership and Organizational Behavior" (LEAD) in the MBA program. He serves on the faculty of several executive education programs, including Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation and the High Potentials Leadership Program.  

Professor Raffaelli studies how innovations transform industries, organizational reinvention, and leading 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 mature 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 board of Administrative Science Quarterly _and is a faculty associate at Harvard''s _Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His work has been covered by such media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New Yorker, NPR, FortuneCNBC, USA Today, and_ Rolling Stone_.

Professor Raffaelli''s research has received several awards, including the Giarratani Rising Star Award from the Industry Studies Association, the Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of the Academy of Management, the INFORMS Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Best Dissertation, and the Grigor McClelland 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). In recognition for his research at the intersection of leadership, strategy, and technology studies, he was awarded the Richard Hodgson Fellowship at Harvard Business School.

Professor Raffaelli earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and studied corporate strategy at Oxford University. He holds master’s degrees in business and government relations and in business ethics from Harvard University. He received a PhD in management and an MS in organization science from Boston College.  

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