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Fabrizio Salvador is Professor of Operations Management at IE Business School and Adjunct Professor at the MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Program. He is a founding member of the MIT Smart Customization Group, has been visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as adjunct Faculty Research Associate at Arizona State University. He received a Ph.D in Operations Management from the University of Padova, where he also graduated in Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Salvador research focuses on the design of business processes under demand and supply uncertainty and organizational learning. He contributed to such topics as Mass Customization, Orchestration of Distributed Operations, Business Intelligence in diverse industries such as Consulting and IT Services, Health Care, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Consumer Goods and Engineering Services. His award-winning research has been published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, among the others.  Dr Salvador also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management and the Decision Sciences Journal.

Over his career he wan over one million Euros in research grants sponsored from various international agencies. He assisted numerous organizations and their customers’ in innovating their business processes, including AstraZeneca, DHL, IBM, John Deere, Nokia, Xerox, Permasteelisa and Tetrapack.

Dr. Salvador is a firm believer in the importance of transfer and interchange of ideas between academia and practice. Accordingly, his teaching experience spans undergraduate, post-graduate courses and executive programs. He also regularly interacts with business leaders through keynote speeches, roundtables and other diffusion-oriented events.


Academic Background

PhD in Operations Management, Universitá di Padova, Italy

MS in Engineering and Management, Universitá di Padova, Italy

Academic Experience

Professor of Operations Management, Instituto de Empresa, 2003 to present

Adjunct Professor, MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Program, 2006 to present

Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Center for Transportation and Logistics & MIT Smart Customization Lab), 2006 to present

Faculty Research Associate, Arizona State University, 2001-2003


Corporate Experience

Consulting work for numerous companies on how to overcome product-variety management problems and how to implement information systems supporting the management of product variety

Latest publications

  • Looking Inside Glitch Mitigation Capability: The Effect of Intraorganizational Communication Channels

    Tenhiala, A. and Salvador, F. Decision Sciences. Vol. 45(3): 437–466, 2014
  • Product configuration, ambidexterity and firm performance in the context of industrial equipment manufacturing

    Salvador, F. Chandrasekaran, A. and Sohail T. Journal of Operations Management. Vol. 32(4): 138–153, 2014
  • Supplier Integration and NPD Outcomes: Conditional Moderation Effects of Modular Design Competence

    Salvador, F., Villena, V. Journal of Supply Chain Management. Vol. 49(1): 87-113, 2013