Professor Chairs Award-Winning Symposium


Jeanne Liedtka, a Darden School of Business professor, will chair the Academy of Management’s Best Symposium in Management Education and Development (MED) award-winning symposium at the Academy’s annual meeting this summer in Montreal.

The symposium, “Finding the Right Side of the MBA Brain: Teaching Design Thinking,” will examine the how and why behind teaching design thinking, at both theoretical and practical levels. It will focus on the rationale for its inclusion in business school coursework, identifying the key challenges involved, and providing an overview of approaches currently in use at Darden, as well as other schools at the forefront of teaching this approach to innovation. The other schools are the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas Business School; the California College of the Arts; and Toronto’s Rotman Business School. Colleagues Sara Beckman of Haas, Nathan Shedroff at California College and Heather Fraser at Rotman will participate with Liedtka in the symposium.

The symposium won the award following a comprehensive two-stage review process. First, it earned some of the highest scores from reviewers on initial submission. Second, it was reviewed again by a panel of the Academy’s best reviewers and was judged the best submission in the qualifying category.

Liedtka will travel to Montreal in August to chair the symposium at the meeting and will be presented, in turn, with an award plaque commemorating her achievement at the MED Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

The Academy of Management is the leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. The Academy of Management’s annual meeting is the largest gathering of management professors worldwide and will provide an outstanding opportunity to showcase Darden’s leadership in course and teaching materials development.

Founded in 1954, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

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