María Jesús Sáenz


ZLC Director, Director of the PhD Program
Professor of SCM at the MIT-Zaragoza Program
Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Director of the Behavioral SCM

Maria Jesus Saenz is currently the ZLC Director, PhD Program Director and Professor at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program at Zaragoza Logistics Center, where she teaches different courses on Supply Chain Management, Warehousing Logistics and Project Management. She is also the Director of the Behavioral SCM research group and a Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. She is Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Zaragoza, where she teaches Project Management and Logistics. Previously, she was the Academic Director of the Zaragoza Logistics Center and the Director of the Spanish National Center of Excellence in Logistics.

She is certified in Participant Centered Learning by Harvard Business School. She received the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her PhD in Manufacturing and Design Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, where she previously obtained her Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering. While studying Industrial Engineering she also studied Mathematic Sciences for three years at the same university. Dr. Saenz's research interests centre on Inter-organizational Learning in Supply Chain Innovations, Global Supply Chain Risks and Project Oriented Learning Organizations. She has acted as head coordinator in several national and international research projects as part of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme and the European Union’s Framework Programme. She has also conducted various research and development projects for companies on Supply Chain Management innovation, like Carrefour, Clariant, DHL, Leroy Merlin or Caterpillar, among others. Dr. Saenz is the co-author of several books on these subjects and has published a number of articles in leading international journals, such us Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Research or International Journal of Production Research, among others. Her research has been cited in the media including Forbes, Financial Times Press, America Economia, Supply Chain Management Review, Expansion or MIT Supply Chain Frontiers. Maria Jesus was awarded in 2007 for her innovation in University education. She has recently received the Case Writing Award 2013 by EFMD; the 2013 International Decision Science Institute Best Paper Award; the 2013 Outstanding Reviewer Awards for Excellence by Emerald and the 2011 Shan Han Best Paper Finalist Award by the Academy of Management.


  • Sáenz, M.J. and Revilla E., Creating More Resilient Supply Chains. MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer issue, 2014
  • Revilla E. and Sáenz, M.J., Supply Chain Disruption Management: Global Convergence vs. National Specificity. Journal of Business Research Vol 67 (2014) pp 1123-1135. June 2014
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Herrero, L.. Do You Have the Right Partners in Innovation?. Supply Chain Management Review, March-April 2014
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Koufteros, X. (Guest editors). Reviewing literature in supply chain management and logistics, Special issue call for papers for International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, forthcoming 2014 (call for proposals)
  • 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. Volume 50 (2), pp 18–40, April 2014
  • Saenz, M.J. and Revilla, E., A Case Study in Proactive Risk Management. MIT Supply Chain Frontiers, 49, May 2013
  • Revilla E. and Sáenz, M.J., A taxonomy of Supply Chain Risk Management Strategies: Antecedents and Performance. Best Paper Award, International Decision Science Institute Conference 2013
  • Revilla, E., Sáenz, M.J. and Knoppen, D., Towards an empirical typology of buyer-supplier relationships based on absorptive capacity. International Journal of Production Research, 2013, 51(10), 2935-2951
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Revilla E., Case Study: Cisco Systems, inc., Supply Chain Risk Management. In Chuck Munson (Ed.), The Supply Chain Management Casebook: Comprehensive Coverage and Best Practices in SCM. Financial Times Press. Winner of the Case Writing Award, 2013 by EFMD
  • Sáenz, M.J.. Removing the Roadblocks to Horizontal Collaboration. MIT Supply Chain Frontiers, November, 2012
  • Sáenz, M.J.. The Elements of Success, Part II. Driving More Efficient Logistics Networks through Horizontal Collaboration. Supply Chain Management Review, October, 2012
  • Sáenz, M.J.. Driving More Efficient Logistics Networks through Horizontal Collaboration. Supply Chain Management Review, October, 2012
  • Sáenz, M.J.. Threats and Opportunities, Part III. Driving More Efficient Logistics Networks through Horizontal Collaboration. Supply Chain Management Review, October, 2012
  • Revilla, E. and Sáenz, M.J., Internationalization of the supply chain. Alternatives in front of risks (in Spanish). Revista ICEX Internacionalización, 2012
  • Sáenz, M.J.. CO3 – Collaboration Concepts for Co-modality. ZLC Participating in Cutting Edge European Research. MIT Supply Chain Frontiers. December, 2011
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Knoppen, D.. Putting Supply Chain Innovation to Work. MIT Supply Chain Frontiers, December, 2011
  • Sáenz, M.J.. Share means cost reduction (in Spanish). Expansión, November 16, 2011
  • Sáenz, M.J. and Revilla E.. Supply chain disruptions: threats in Spain facing a global context (in Spanish). Revista LOGICEL (Centro Español de Logística), November 2011
  • Revilla, E. and Sáenz, M.J.. How do you manage supply chain disruptions? (in Spanish). America Economía, October, 2011
  • Revilla, E. and Sáenz, M.J.. What Is The Right Disruption Management For Your Supply Chain?. Forbes, October, 2011
  • Knoppen D., Sáenz, M.J., Johnston, D., Innovations in a Relational Context: Mechanisms to connect Learning Processes of Absorptive Capacity. Management Learning Journal (JCR: 1.2), Volume 42 Issue 4, September, 2011
  • Sáenz M.J., Revilla E. y Knoppen D., Supply Chain Innovation through Organizational Compatibility: Mediating Role of Absorptive Capacity, finalista del 2011 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Conference 2011. Best Paper Proceedings, August, 2011
  • Revilla, E. and Sáenz, M.J.. Challenges in supply chain disruptions (en español). Estrategia, N. 6, 2011.
  • Sáenz M.J., Lamban M.P., y Navarro E., Flexible Supply Chains: A Boost for Risk Mitigation?.In S.T. Ponis (Ed.), Managing Risk in Virtual Enterprise Networks: Implementing Supply Chain Principles, IGI Global, 2010
  • Knoppen D., Sáenz M.J., Collaboration Stimulation through Supply Chain Simulation. International Journal of Procurement Management, 2(4): 403-414, 2009
  • Sáenz M.J., Cano M.J., Experiential learning through simulation games: an empirical study. International Journal of Engineering Education, 25(2): 296-307, 2009
  • Sáenz M.J., Supply chain management: strategic factor for competitiveness. International Journal of Procurement Management, 2009 (ed.), 2(4): 339-345, 2009
  • Sáenz M.J., Hernandez M. y García C., Logística y competitividad de las PYME. Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio, 2007

Research Topics

  • Behavioral SCM
  • Supply Chain Security and Risk Management