Renee Richardson Gosline


Renee Richardson Gosline


Renée Richardson Gosline is a Senior Lecturer in the Management Science group at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Initiative on The Digital Economy.

She is a 2020 honoree on the Thinkers50 Radar List of thinkers who are “putting a dent in the universe,” and has been named one of the World’s Top 40 Professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. Gosline is an expert on the intersection between behavioral science and technology, and the implications for cognitive bias in human decision-making. She is a leading thinker on the science of digital brand strategy and her research and expertise have been published in various academic and trade publications.

Renée’s research examines how social structure and technology (e.g., Digital Customer Experience, Status, Social Media) affect performance and self-perception (as featured in her Tedx talk, “The Outsourced Mind”). Her projects have examined: how cognitive style predicts preference for AI versus human input; the interaction of brand status and placebo effects in performance; how consumers determine “real” from “fake” products; the circumstances under which customers perceive value in platforms; and the effects of storytelling in social media on trust and persuasion. In order to address these issues rigorously, Gosline employs experimental methodology, both in the field and the laboratory. 

Renée enjoys teaching MBA and Executive Education classes on CX (Customer Experience), Brand strategy, Nudge Strategy, and Experimentation. She has also collaborated with a variety of firms on CX, Digital Media Strategy, and Leadership. Prior to academia, she was a marketing practitioner at LVMH Moet Hennessy and Leo Burnett.

Renée conducted her Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral education at Harvard University.


"Reversing the Placebo: Performance-Branded Experiences Can Undermine Consumer Performance."

Banker, Sachin, Renée Richardson Gosline, and Jeffrey K. Lee. Journal of Consumer Psychology. Forthcoming.

"Can a Girl’s Best Friend Be Born in a Lab? The Role of Ritual in Production Process Conservatism."

Ha, Jae Kyung, Ezra W. Zuckerman Sivan, and Renée Richardson Gosline. In Advances in Group Processes, edited by Edward Lawler and S.R.Thye, 1-27. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018.

"TEDx Talk: "The Outsourced Mind"."

Gosline, Renée Richardson. TED, August 2017.

"The Power of Consumer Stories in Digital Marketing."

Gosline, Renée Richardson, Jeffrey K. Lee, and Glen Urban. MIT Sloan Management Review, 2017.

"Chapter 11: From Stranger to Friend: Shaping Consumer-Brand Relationships with Social Media."

Gosline, Renée Richardson. In Strong Brands, Strong Relationships, 161-171. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015.

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