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Fabrizio Salvador


Fabrizio Salvador


Operations & Technology

Fabrizio Salvador is Professor of Operations and Technology Management and Academic Director of Applied Research at IE Business School, IE University. Dr. Salvador has been visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Shanghai University, 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 interests focus on the mechanisms through which organizations recombine or reuse their resources (e.g., products, processes, employees, subsidiaries) to efficiently respond to uncertainty in their operational environments. His award-winning research has been published in top outlets such as Organization Science, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and Decision Sciences, among the others.  Dr Salvador also serves as Department Editor for the Journal of Operations Management, Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management as well as Associate Editor for the Decision Sciences Journal. He has been included in prestigious Thinkers50 Radar ranking of leaders in management thinking.

Dr. Salvador collaborated with numerous organizations to improving operational performance, especially by leveraging the potential of business analytics. These collaborations include projects with AstraZeneca, DHL, Ernst&Young, IBM, John Deere, Nokia, Telefonica, Xerox, Tetra Pak, Unilever, CAP Gemini, Sener, Permasteelisa, PriceWaterhousCoopers, WeCare, etc.

Dr. Salvador firm belief in the value of integrating management research and practice is reflected in his teaching philosophy, which blends hands-on examples with sound empirical findings. He inspired, coached and trained thousands of students and executives across all the continents, through master, open and custom programs as well as with corporate or public keynotes.

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, IE, 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 to 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

• Tenhiälä, A., Salvador, F. (2018). “When Communication should be formal”. MIT Sloan Management Review

• Salvador, F. & Bonet, R. (2016). “When the Boss is Away: Manager‐Worker Separation and Worker Performance in a Multisite Software Maintenance Organization”. Organization Science, Vol. 28(2): 244-261

• Salvador, F., Rungtusanatham, J. & Madiedo, J.P. (2015). “Antecedents of Mass Customization Capability: Direct and Interaction Effects”. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 62(4): 618-630

• Salvador, F., Chandrasekaran, A. & Sohail T. (2013). “Product configuration, ambidexterity and firm performance in the context of industrial equipment manufacturing”. Journal of Operations Management. Vol. 32(4): 138–153