Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Rodrigo studies how individuals can purposefully change complex organizations or systems. He has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance, as well as in the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. His current research explores how to ensure that development policies and practices integrate rigorous evidence. In particular, with generous support from the Merida Initiative and other donors, Rodrigo’s current research explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations.
Rodrigo is faculty director of Questrom’s Social Impact Program. Before, he was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, where he taught the Innovator Perspective. He sits in the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; he spent the 2014-2015 academic year advising the Mexican government on the US-Mexico bilateral relationship; and sits in the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.
CVI Leadership Academy
The Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) was established to develop the CVI sector by providing aspiring CVI leaders with the skills necessary to tackle leadership obstacles throughout their careers.