Raffaella Sadun

Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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Raffaella Sadun is Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and is a Co-Chair of Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work and co-PI of the Digital Reskilling Lab. Her research focuses on managerial and organizational drivers of productivity and growth in corporations and the public sector. She co-founded several large-scale projects to measure management practices and managerial behavior in organizations, such as the World Management Survey, the Executive Time Use Study, and the first large scale management survey in hospitals, MOPS-H, conducted in partnership with the US Census Bureau. Her work has helped uncover the extent to which the diffusion of “basic” management and organizational practices varies across organizations within and across countries, and how this affects productivity at the micro and macro level. Sadun currently co-leads the Digital Reskilling Lab at HBS, where she studies the effectiveness of large-scale digital training investments made in private and public sector organizations. She also serves as director of the of the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Group in Organizational Economics, faculty co-chair of the Harvard Project on the Workforce.


Sadun is co-editor for the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and associate editor for Management Science. She is the author of articles published in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, and Journal of Political Economy. She served as an economic advisor to the Italian government in 2020 and 2022 and received the honor of Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” the highest-ranking order of the Republic awarded for “merit acquired by the nation” in 2021. In 2022 she was awarded the Prize “Fondazione de Sanctis per le Scienze Economiche.” Sadun received her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.

You are future-proof
Tuesday, April 16
11:10 am - 12:00 pm CT
Reskill and Reshape Workforces to Thrive with AI, Not Just Survive
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In the quickly evolving age of AI, businesses face a significant challenge: integrating More details groundbreaking technology without sidelining their workforce. In a compelling article in Harvard Business Review, international reskilling expert Raffaella Sadun emphasizes that a firm’s response to AI is what ultimately determines its success. A distinguished Harvard Business School professor featured on the 2023 Thinker’s 50 Radar list, Sadun explains that leaders must connect AI to both their overarching corporate vision and individual employee development. This demonstrates to their workforce that the goal is not merely about tech adoption but about crafting a resilient, adaptable team. A dynamic speaker, Sadun provides an actionable roadmap to reskilling and workforce strategy, ensuring AI becomes an asset and not a threat. Hide details
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