Roberto Fernandez

William F. Pounds Professor in Management
Professor of Organization Studies


Roberto Fernandez Roberto M. Fernandez is the William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Fernandez currently serves as the co-director of the Economic Sociology PhD Program and served as the head of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences area from 2008-2010. His research focuses on the areas of organizations, social networks, and race and gender stratification. Fernandez has extensive experience doing field research in organizations, including an exhaustive five-year case study of a plant retooling and relocation. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations. He is the author of more than 50 articles and research papers published in top academic journals in his field.

Fernandez holds a BA in sociology from Harvard University and an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Faculty Media

  • Want to Improve Diversity? Look to Networks

    Industry-leading tech companies recruit heavily from the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S., so is it any wonder that their employees lack diversity?

  • Business-school Alumni: It’s Not Who You Know

    How important is the alumni network? On one hand, very. It provides evidence that those who complete a school’s MBA programme can find a profitable job in the real world. However, this is not...

  • Alumni Network Found to Influence MBA Job Search Strongly

    The value of a business school’s alumni network, in the eyes of its current students, has a strong bearing on their post-MBA job choices, according to new research from professors at NYU Stern and...

  • Are Women Opting Out Of Management Before They Get Hired?

    New research suggests that recruiters are actually broadening the talent pool to include more women, but that women are self-selecting out.

  • A Cheap Way of Hiring MBA Graduates

    New research suggests that an alumni link can sweeten a low offer.

  • Why Diversity Never Comes to Some Workplaces

    Using mathematical modelling, the researchers challenge a long-held belief that the referral method serves to preserve and, often, worsen job segregation.

  • Wage Disparity: Is There a Solution?

    Women suffer from wage inequality due to in-built biases at the time of hiring, which means they start out at a lower salary than men.

  • What's the Value of Social Capital? A Within-Person Job Attributes, Offer and Choice Test

    Whether and how social capital derived through social ties creates value has animated substantial research in management, sociology, economics, and political science. Scholars are now generally...

  • High Tech's Shifting Glass Ceiling

    In his paper, "Gender Sorting and the Glass Ceiling in High Tech," Roberto Fernandez, Professor of Organizational Studies at MIT Sloan, challenges the popular assumption that the prominent glass...

  • Gender, Trial Employment, and Initial Salaries

    Gender disparities in wages among professionals exist because women begin their professional careers making less than men. However, as predicted, the female wage discount dissipates when offers are...


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