Maya Balakrishnan

PhD Candidate in Technology and Operations Management


I am currently on the 2023-2024 job market.


I am a fifth year doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School in the Technology and Operations Management program. I am fortunate to be advised by Professors Kris Ferreira (chair) and Ryan Buell at HBS and Jordan Tong at Wisconsin School of Business. In my research, I aim to design, improve, and evaluate trustworthy operations. This includes two streams of work: calibrating employee trust in algorithms for more effective human-algorithm collaboration and inspiring consumer trust in company operations through more effective corporate social responsibility initiatives. My interdisciplinary undergraduate and doctoral training as well as my work experience has given me a diverse skillset to tackle these important questions. As a result, my research uses a wide range of methods including sophisticated lab experiments, analytical models, econometrics, text analysis, and machine learning. 

I previously earned a BS in Computer Science specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and a minor in Philosophy from Stanford University. Before entering graduate school, I previously worked at Microsoft and Goldman Sachs, and founded and ran a VC-funded company which created software for packaged food manufacturers to digitize their operations, get detailed analytics around process optimization opportunities, and comply with food safety regulations.

Outside of academia, I enjoy making art (I paint and sew clothes), reading science fiction and fantasy, cooking and hosting dinner parties (I once auditioned for the Food Network Show Chopped), and biking around the Cambridge/Boston area with my husband. 


I will be presenting two of my projects in three different sessions at INFORMS 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Please reach out to me at if you would like to meet with me at INFORMS!