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Fabrizio Salvador is Professor of Operations Management at IE Business School. He is also a founding member of the MIT Smart Customization Group, Adjunct Professor at the MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Program and serves as senior scientific advisor for the IE Foundation. Dr. Salvador 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 interests focus on the mechanisms through which organizations recombine or reuse their resources (product and service components, people, business processes and organizational units) to respond to uncertainty in their operational environments. He investigated these problems in the context of project-based and professional service organizations (e.g. consulting, engineering, health care and software services) as well as manufacturing organizations (e.g. industrial equipment, fast-moving consumer goods, mass customized goods). His award-winning research accumulated over 2200 citations according to Google Scholar (Fall 2015), and has been published in the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, MIT Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 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.

Dr. Salvador collaborated with numerous organizations in his field of expertise, including AstraZeneca, DHL, Ernst&Young, IBM, John Deere, Nokia, Permasteelisa, Xerox, Tetra Pak and Unilever. He conceived and directed various open enrollment executive programs and successfully engaged private enterprises in business analytics applied research initiatives. He also has joined multiple EU-sponsored research projects that involved industry-academia collaboration. Overall, he was awarded over one million Euros in research grants.

His teaching experience spans undergraduate, post-graduate, doctoral courses as well as different types of executive programs, and won multiple certificates of excellence. He also regularly interacts with business leaders through keynote speeches, roundtables and other diffusion 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, 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, 2001-2003


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, 2013
  • 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, 2012