Maria Guadalupe, Academic Director, Randomized Control Trials, INSEAD
Maria Guadalupe is a Professor of Economics and holds the Goltz Fellowship in Business and Society at INSEAD. She is the Academic Director of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials (RCT) Lab. In 2020 she was selected for the THINKERS50 radar list.
Maria obtained a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics in 2003. Prior to joining INSEAD in 2012, she was an Associate Professor at Columbia Business School. Maria has also been a visiting scholar at MIT and Princeton and is currently a research fellow at the Center for European Policy Research (CEPR), the IZA and a member of the Strategy Research Initiative. She is also an Associate Editor for Management Science.
An organizational economist, her research has analyzed the drivers of changes in organizational design, from hierarchies to corporate governance incentives, and in particular how firms respond to changes in their competitive environment. Her interest in flattening hierarchies led her to her current work on the nature, role and effectiveness of Agile organizations and other forms of structures centered around self-managed, empowered teams, which can be thought of as “extreme flattening”. She is also interested in the role of personal and social identity within organizations driving perceptions, individual decisions and hence organizational outcomes. Finally, she also studies the drivers and consequences of mergers and acquisitions and estimates the forms of synergies that are most prevalent in actual observed mergers.
In 2017 she co-created and co-produced “Her Opponent”, a documentary theater re-creation of the USA 2016 presidential debates with genders inverted which was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, Hollywood Reporter, El Pais, among several other news outlets. It was nominated for an Off-Broadway award for “Best Unique Theatrical Experience”.
Maria’s work has been published in top economics, finance and management journals, and has been awarded a number of prizes for her contributions to research and has served on the board or as member of several scientific organizations/committees in her field.