Faculty & Research

Edward D. Hess

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

  • BS, University of Florida; JD, University of Virginia; LLM, New York University
Office: FOB 298B
Phone: +1-434-982-2170
E-mail: HessE@darden.virginia.edu

Biography

Professor Edward D. Hess spent more than 30 years in the business world. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is the author of eleven books, over 60 practitioner articles, and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His books include Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, (Columbia Business School Publishing, September 2014); Hess and Liedtka, The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes (Stanford University Press, 2012); Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses (Stanford University Press, 2012); Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases (Stanford University Press, February, 2011); Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth (Columbia Business School Publishing, 2010); Hess and Goetz, So You Want to Start A Business (FT Press, 2008); The Road To Organic Growth (McGraw-Hill, 2007); Hess and Cameron, eds., Leading with Values: Virtue, Positivity & High Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Hess and Kazanjian, eds., The Search for Organic Growth (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Smart Growth was named a Top 25 2010 business book for business owners by Inc. Magazine and was awarded the Wachovia Award for Research Excellence.

His current research focuses on applying the science of learning in a business environment: learning cultures, systems and processes.

Hess has taught in Executive Education programs for Harris Corporation, Cigna, Timken, United Technologies, Genworth Financial, Pitney Bowes, Unilever Russia, Marriott International, Westinghouse Nuclear, Alpha Natural Resources, Alegco-Scotsman, FTI Consulting, Dover Corporation, Glen Raven Corporation as well as IESE (Barcelona) and the Indian School of Business.

Hess's work has appeared in Fortune magazine, JiJi Press, Washington Post, the Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, CFO Review, Money magazine and in more than 300 other media publications as well as on CNBC, BusinessWeek.com, Fox Business News, Forbes.com, Big Think, Reuters.com., Inc.com, WSJ Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Dow Jones, MSNBC Radio, Huffington Post.com, Business Insider.com and Chief Learning Officer.com.

Prior to joining the faculty at Darden, he was Adjunct Professor and the Founder and Executive Director of both the Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth and the Values-Based Leadership Institute at Goizueta Business School, Emory University.

Expertise

Organic Growth and Innovation Strategies, Systems and Processes

Learning Cultures, Systems and Processes

High Performance Organizations  and Values-Based Leadership

MBA Courses

Management of Smaller Enterprises
Challenges of Organic Growth
The DNA of Growth
Darden MOOC - Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Business (Parts 1 & 2)

Executive Education Courses

Drive Business Growth and Innovation: Mindsets, Behaviors and Tools
Servant Leadership: A Path to High Performance
Innovation
Strategy