Faculty & Research


Our Research Centers extend Darden's influence in critical areas advancing both thought leadership and the application of new ideas.

The Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) is a professional society of scholars studying the interface between business and sustainability. A consortium of 14 top universities, ARCS was established to provide data, tools and networking opportunities to researchers who are developing a greater understanding of the opportunities and limits of policies and strategies to foster sustainable business.

The Batten Institute

The Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business improves the world through entrepreneurship and innovation. The institute's academic research center advances knowledge that addresses real-world challenges and shapes Darden's curriculum. Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership offers one of the world's top entrepreneurship programs. The Batten Institute was established with gifts from U.Va. alumnus Frank Batten Sr., a media pioneer, visionary and founder of The Weather Channel.

The Behavioral Research at Darden Lab

The Behavioral Research at Darden (BRAD) Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory supporting behavioral research at Darden. Researchers affiliated with the BRAD Lab study organizational behavior, marketing, business ethics, judgment and decision-making, behavioral operations and entrepreneurship.

Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics (BRICE) is a business ethics center that operates in partnership with Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from leading U.S. companies. The institute's mission is to embed ethics into everyday business practice.

The Center for Asset Management

The Center for Asset Management (CAM) serves as a hub of thought leadership and professional development for faculty, students, alumni and business practitioners in the field of asset management. The center prepares future leaders for the industry and delivers a steady stream of research exploring the full spectrum of asset classes in this important field: equities, fixed income, cash, currency, real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds and private equity.

Darden Center for Global Initiatives

The Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) sponsors, develops and implements educational programs and research projects that enhance both student and executive understanding of international issues, enabling them in turn to take advantage of international opportunities. The center aims to raise global awareness of Darden by promoting interaction between Darden and the rest of the world.

Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education

The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) is a joint venture of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education. PLE's University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program is the only school turnaround program in the country that utilizes a systemic approach to change by working with schools, districts and states.


Design@Darden is an online community that advances knowledge and facilitates a vibrant exchange of ideas among people innovating the future of design and design thinking.

The Institute for Business in Society

The Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) aims to be a leading global catalyst and convener of thought, information and action at the interface of business and society; and to promote the development of leaders to positively impact society through their roles in business.

The Olsson Center for Applied Ethics 

An international leader in the field of business ethics, the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics serves as a critical resource for executives, scholars, students and Darden alumni who are faced with the challenges of integrating ethical thinking into business decision-making.

The Society for Effectual Action

The Society for Effectual Action (SEA) is a group of academic researchers, instructors and entrepreneurs gathered to fundamentally change the way entrepreneurship is taught and learned around the world. Co-founded by Saras Sarasvathy, Isidore Horween Associate Research Professor of Business Administration at Darden, and Darden alumni Chip Ransler and Ian Ayers (both MBA '09), SEA is a hub for effectuation research.

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