Alice Sapienza

Professor Emerita

Phone: 617-521-2374
Fax: 617-521-3046
Office: M343


  • B.S. Stonehill College
  • M.A. Boston College
  • M.B.A. and D.B.A. Harvard University


About Me

I am fortunate to have a rare combination of experiences: as a general manager in a Harvard teaching hospital (Beth Israel); master's and doctoral education at Harvard Business School; consultant to national and international science and technology organizations as well as government organizations; and wide graduate teaching experience.

What I Teach

Since 1990, I have been on the faculty of the Healthcare Administration Department at Simmons, where I currently teach leadership courses in MHA cohort programs at Winchester and South Shore hospitals, as well as in MSN cohort programs at Longwood and South Shore hospitals. My courses are designed to develop students' competencies in leadership, based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership model.



In my earlier research, I focused on the management of research and development and strategic planning in high-technology firms. Based on this experience, I have published, in addition to articles, case studies, and book chapters, Managing Scientists: Leadership Strategies in Scientific Research (Wiley, 2004 (2nd ed) (translated as Forscher Manager, VCH, 1997) and Creating Technology Strategies (Wiley, 1997) and co-authored Leading Biotechnology Alliances -- Right From the Start (Wiley, 2001) and Successful Strategies In Pharmaceutical R&D (VCH, 1996).

Consulting Work

  • Consultant to international pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health-related organizations (consulting efforts include leadership of R&D, R&D project planning and management, organization development, strategic planning).
  • Private sector clients have included major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
  • Public sector clients have included U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.K. National Health Service.


  • Corrado, M and Sapienza, AM. "Leading and Thinking." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Health System-System Pharmacists,1 April 2014. • Sapienza, AM. "Becoming an Effective Leader." Presentation at 2nd Annual Symposium, Women in Surgery, Clearwater, FL. 4-5 March 2011. • Sapienza, AM. "Motivating Your Lab Team: Best Practices in Leadership." Webinar hosted by Principal Investigators Association. 23 September 2010. • Sapienza, AM. "Competency Development for a Generative Culture of Safety." 36th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development, Rochester, MN, October 2009.Selected Conference Presentations
  • Sapienza, AM; Neary, S; White, P; Rissmiller, P. "One DNP Program's Pedagogical Design: Using AACNs Essentials and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competencies." Drexel University Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference, Hilton Head Island, SC, March 2009.
  • Sapienza, AM; Robbins, C; Lowe, J. "The Basics of Implementing Leadership Competencies in a Master's Curriculum: Bloom's Taxonomy, Pedagogy, and Student Assessment." Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Orlando, Fl, May/June 2007.
  • Sapienza, AM and Fitzgerald, DF. "The Context of R&D Decision-Making: How Might Changes Affect the Caliber of the Output?" R&D Management Conference, Windemere, UK, July 2006.