Research Scientist, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Dr. Maria Jesus leads the research area on Collaborative Networks at MIT CTL. The primary research aims at leveraging the empirical and formal connections among inter-organizational business drivers in the supply chain domain when facing new collaborative paradigms and digital transformations. Such opportunities require approaches that encompass the challenges of innovation around digitalization with organizational changes at inter-organizational level, including multidimensional collaboration (vertical & horizontal), new governance models, value- and gain-sharing quantitative approaches, dynamic capabilities development, boosting digical talent, physical-internet, network configuration, coopetition network space, synchro-modality and resilience development, among others.

Dr. Saenz teaches various courses at Master, MicroMaster and Executive Education level on Supply Chain Management, Multidimensional Collaboration, Risks, Resilience and Project Management.

Regarding education, Dr. Saenz is certified in Participant Centered Learning by Harvard Business School. She received Cum Laude and the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her PhD in Manufacturing and Design Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, where she previously obtained her M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, while she also studied Mathematic Sciences for several years. In 2003, she received her tenure as Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Zaragoza. In 2004, she joined the research institute MIT Zaragoza Logistics Center from its very conception as Professor, where she also held the position of the Executive Director and Director of the Spanish National Center of Excellence in Logistics. Dr. Saenz has also led various international research projects for the European Commission, as well as for companies on Supply Chain Management innovation, such as P&G, Carrefour, Clariant, DHL, Leroy Merlin and Caterpillar, among others. She is co-author of more than 80 publications on these subjects, including books and articles in leading international Journals. Her knowledge transfer work has received 14 awards and her research was cited in the media including MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Financial Times Press, America Economia, Supply Chain Management Review and MIT Supply Chain Frontiers. She also regularly interacts with business leaders for large audiences as guest keynote speaker in more than 15 countries.


Key Publications

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  • Saenz M.J., Knoppen, D. and Mendonca E., Building manufacturing flexibility with strategic suppliers and contingent effect of product dynamism on customer satisfaction. Forthcoming in Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2018.
  • Knoppen, D. and Sáenz M.J., Interorganizational teams in low versus high dependence contexts. International Journal of Production Economics, 2017, 191, Sept, 15-25.
  • Chen, W., Kucukyazici, B, Verter, V. and Saenz, M.J. Supply Chain Design for Unlocking the Value of Remanufacturing Under Uncertainty. European Journal of Operational Research, 2015, 247, 804-819.
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Koufteros, X. (Guest editors). Special Issue on Literature Reviews in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 2015, 45 (1-2), 2-11.
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Revilla E., Creating More Resilient Supply Chains. MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer issue, 2014, 22-24.
  • Sáenz, M.J., Revilla, E. and Knoppen, D.. Absorptive capacity in buyer-supplier relationships: empirical evidence of its mediating role. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2014, 50(2), 18-40.

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