Institute for Business in Society

Gregory B. Fairchild

Fairchild, Greg

E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration

BS, Virginia Commonwealth University; MBA, University of Virginia; MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
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Gregory Fairchild is the E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence at the Darden School.

His research is likewise renowned, as he was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a three-year $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fairchild was named one of five high impact research professors, and the sole scholar focused in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times. In 2009, he received a faculty Pioneer Award presented by the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education for his leadership and risk taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum. In 2011, he was the only academic named as one of "25 Virginians to watch" by Virginia Business. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc., The Economist, NPR, New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.

Fairchild worked in marketing positions for such industry leaders as Kraft General Foods, Procter & Gamble and Saks Fifth Avenue before embarking on his doctoral studies. Fairchild serves on the Virginia Retirement Service, the Commonwealth of Virginia's public pension fund.


In the News

Business Schools' Programs Turn Felons Into Entrepreneurs, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March 2013

Darden School Class Turns Felons Into Entrepreneurs, Darden Media, 30 November 2012

Top 10 B-School Professors In the World, CNNMoney, 30 October 2012 

World's Best B-School Professors: Greg Fairchild, Poets & Quants, 22 October 2012 

Case Study: How Can Prison Inmates Prepare for Success?, The Washington Post, 29 September 2012

Tending the Local Entrepreneur, Financial Times, 10 September 2012



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