Maria Guadalupe

Corporate economist exploring the interactions between firms’ organizational choices and markets.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020. 


Awarded the Brattle Distinguished Paper prize by the American Finance Association. 


Received the Jaime Fernandez de Araoz prize in Corporate Finance.


Research on the nature, role and effectiveness of agile organizations and other forms of structures centred around self-managed, empowered teams, “extreme flattening”. Also interested in the role of personal and social identity within organizations. Studies the drivers and consequences of mergers and acquisitions.


PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining INSEAD in 2012, she was an associate professor at Columbia Business School. 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.



Video Strategy, Structure and Incentives, How to Make Your Organization More Agile. Co-created and co-produced “Her Opponent” (2017), a documentary theatre re-creation of the 2016 American presidential debates with genders inverted.

Media picks


The Rise of the Functional Manager


“A creative and stimulating researcher who gets to the heart of agility.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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