Faculty & Research

Martin N. Davidson

Martin N. Davidson, Professor of Business Administration

  • AB, Harvard College; PhD, Stanford University
Office: FOB 299C
Phone: +1-434-924-4483
E-mail: mdav@virginia.edu


Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior Martin Davidson teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders on how they can use diversity strategically to generate superior business performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top managerial and academic publications including Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, Review of Educational Research, The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and the International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries. Executive summaries of Davidson’s academic journal articles and book chapter contributions may be viewed on his website, www.leveragingdifference.com/research-articles/.

His new book, “The End of Diversity as We Know It:  Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed,” introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diverse and inclusive organizations.  

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs, he consults with a host of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations. He has served as Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer for the Darden School, and as the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He has been a member of the Darden faculty since 1998. Previously, he was a member of the faculty of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work and to view his weekly blog, “In My Opinion,” visit www.leveragingdifference.com.


Leveraging Difference
Global Leadership
Identity and Leadership
Managing in Culturally Diverse Firms

MBA Courses

Fulltime MBA Leading Organizations Core Course
MBA for Executives Leading Organizations Core Course
Global Leadership Transitions
Establishing Yourself at Work
Creating Value through Relationships

Executive Education Courses

Rolls Royce plc. International Business Awareness Course
AES Corporation, Emerging Leaders Program
UTC Executive Program
The Commercial Business Environment - A Primer for DOD Managers
Women Emerging in Leadership Program
Management Development Program

Featured Video

Professor Martin Davidson on Ethics at Darden

Darden faculty and administration highlight some of the ways they incorporate business ethics into their specialty areas across the Darden enterprise and not just in the core ethics classes. In this video, we hear from Professor Martin Davidson, of Darden's Leadership and Organizational Behavior faculty.