Hazhir Rahmandad


Hazhir Rahmandad


Hazhir Rahmandad is the Schussel Family Professor of Management Science and an Associate Professor of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Hazhir's research shows how complex organizational dynamics can lead to heterogeneity in organizational practices and outcomes. He has analyzed how organizations learn in the presence of delays between taking action and observing the results, and has shown through empirical data and simulations the resulting learning challenges. Hazhir's strategy research has explored the shape of organizational performance landscapes, capability development tradeoffs under competition, and erosion of organizational capabilities through adaptation traps. In another stream of work he has studied public health problems, including obesity and depression dynamics, and comparing different modeling methodologies in application to epidemics, among others. Hazhir also contributes to expanding the dynamic modeling toolbox through advancing parameter estimation and validation methods for dynamic models.

Hazhir has published in diverse journals including Management ScienceOrganization ScienceStrategic Management Journal, Strategy Science, Journal of Operations ManagementInternational Journal of Obesity, and System Dynamics Review, among others. He has been a reviewer for over 30 NIH and NSF panels and over two dozen different journals, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and private sector firms.

Hazhir holds a BS in industrial engineering from Sharif University of Technology and a PhD in management with system dynamics concentration from MIT. Before joining MIT Sloan in 2015, Hazhir was an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.


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"Estimating COVID-19 Under-Reporting Across 86 Nations: Implications for Projections and Control."

Rahmandad, Hazhir, TY Lim, and John Sterman, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6146-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, June 2020.

"Weather Conditions and COVID-19 Transmission: Estimates and Projections."

Xu, Ran, Hazhir Rahmandad, Marichi Gupta, Catherine DiGennaro, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, and Mohammad Jalali., MIT Sloan Working Paper 6104-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, May 2020.

"Simulation-based Estimation of the Early Spread of COVID-19 in Iran: Actual versus Confirmed Cases."

Ghaffarzadegan, Navid, and Hazhir Rahmandad. System Dynamics Review Vol. 36, No. 1 (2020): 101-129.

"The Evolution of Simulation Modeling in Health Policy: A Review of the Literature."

Mohammad Jalali, Catherine DiGennaro, Abby Guitar, Karen Lew, Hazhir Rahmandad, and Donald Burke. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual North American Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Portland, OR: October 2019.

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