Leadership and Management

  • Edward D. Hess, Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence

    Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses Parts I and II

    Most entrepreneurship courses focus on how to start a business. Few focus on the next big entrepreneurial inflection point: How do you successfully grow an existing private business? These courses draw on Professor Edward (Ed) Hess' research and 30 years of real-world experience advising private growth companies.

    Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses Part I

    Rolling sessions, 6 weeks | 4-6 hours/week | audit or purchase course

    Part I focuses on the common growth challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially. Following the Darden case method approach, the course format is story-based with each case telling a compelling story. This course will challenge how you think about growth, plus give you tools to help plan for growth, assess the preconditions to grow and manage the risks of growth.  

    Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses Part II

    Rolling sessions, 7 weeks | 4-6 hours/week | audit or purchase course

    Part II focuses on the common human resource (people) challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially. Following the Darden case method approach, the course format is story-based with each case telling a compelling story. Grow to Greatness Part I is not a prerequisite for taking this course.


    New Models of Business in Society

    Rolling sessions, 4 weeks | 2-4 hours/week | audit or purchase course

    In this course, Professor R. Edward Freeman discusses the emergence of a new story about business. This new story locates business within a societal framework. Almost every business creates or destroys value for customers, suppliers, employees, communities and society, in addition to shareholders and other stakeholders. A number of new models of business can be built on this idea. Profits and stakeholder value go together, and this course explains how.