Alice Sapienza

Professor Emerita

Phone: 617-521-2374
Office: M343


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


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.

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.


  • "Does the Biotech Industry Deserve a Bailout?" NYU Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, NY, April 2009.
  • "The Paradox of Therapeutic Biotechnology." NYU Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, NY, January, 2008.
  • Keynote speaker, Knowledge-Sharing Workshop, NASA Ames Research Center, "Effective and Ineffective Leadership of Science," Moffett Field, CA, May 2003.

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.