IBiS supports the creation and dissemination of leading research, develops cases and teaching materials, designs innovative courses for students and executive leaders, and convenes programs of broad impact.
- Articulates the fundamental forces — within industries and across different global regions — that govern the business, government, and society relationship
- Prepares students and business leaders to anticipate and address the issues at the increasingly complex intersection of business and society
- Transforms scholarship and thought leadership into deliverables that better enable business to create value in society.
See below to learn about some of IBiS' current research projects.
Understanding Business Models
“Mapping and understanding business models” – Under the faculty leadership of Ed Freeman, project will analyze and document the multiplicity of models in which businesses create value, and apply such insights to describe leading practices for improved relationships among the many stakeholders of business, public policy, regulation, and society. Deliverables will include a published book, leading practice report, and research database.
Financial Services Markets
“Society and the financial services marketplace” – Under the faculty leadership of Greg Fairchild, project will measure a Financial Capability Index (knowledge, resources, and networks) of communities to better understand and encourage economic ecosystems that drive economic resilience and growth.
Mission-Driven Management and Leadership
“Mission-Driven Management and Leadership” – Supported by an anonymous gift commitment and led by IBiS Academic Director Mary Margaret Frank, a program of teaching and research to further mission-driven leadership in not-for-profit and other organizational contexts. Framework includes research grants for study conducted across and among schools at U.Va. to advance insights and leading practices, dissemination of research through teaching cases, fellowships for selected not-for-profit leaders to attend Darden Executive Education, and a biannual international conference.
Executive in Residence
Establish IBiS Executive in Residence program to bring high profile leaders to Darden from the business/government/policy field for Leadership Speaker Series speech, leading class sessions, and participating with Darden faculty in research initiative.