Dr. Sapienza has a rare combination of credentials: experience as a general manager in a Harvard teaching hospital (Beth Israel); master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard Business School; consultant to national and international science and technology organizations as well as government organizations; and wide graduate teaching experience. Since 1990, Dr. Sapienza has been on the faculty of the Healthcare Administration Department at Simmons, where she teaches courses in organizational strategy in the healthcare environment; her executive teaching focuses on leadership and organizational development.
In her academic research, Dr. Sapienza has focused on the management of research and development and strategic planning in high-technology firms. In addition to articles, case studies, and book chapters, she has written Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research (Wiley, 2004 (2nd ed) (translated as Forscher Manager, VCH, 1997) and Creating Technology Strategies (Wiley, 1997) and is co-author of Leading Biotechnology Alliances -- Right From the Start (Wiley, 2001) and Successful Strategies In Pharmaceutical R&D (VCH, 1996).
Dr. Sapienza has an active consulting practice with high-technology organizations, particularly multi-national pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, working with scientists and executives on problems ranging from culture and organization development to competitive intelligence, strategy determination, and project management. Her public sector clients have included the U.S. Veterans' Administration, Centre for Medicines Research (U.K.), Birmingham National Health Service (U.K.), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Sapienza received the 2005 SHS Faculty Research Award for past scholarly achievements.