Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship

Learn about the Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship academic area at Darden, its faculty and its work.

The mission of Strategy, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) is to be educators and thought leaders with impact in strategy, ethics and entrepreneurship and in the integration of the three.

We bring a unique Darden perspective to creating and sustaining value — not only for the firm, but for stakeholders associated with the firm and for the society within which the firm operates.

This holistic view of value creation includes:

  • The design of new sources of value creation including new products, new ventures, new markets and even new opportunities
  • Sustaining, growing and sharing value over the lifecycle of firms
  • Learning to weave together business and society in all value-creating and value-capturing endeavors 

SEE area faculty members, through in-depth research and practical experience, seek to integrate powerful theoretical concepts with useful techniques. We try to push students, scholars and managers to rethink taken-for-granted mental models and uncover promising new possibilities.

Topics in and out of the classroom not only cover the basic concepts and issues addressed in most business schools, but also engage Darden's unique perspective in interesting ways.


Strategy equips students with the framework, concepts and tools required to think strategically about the total enterprise and lead the creation of new futures. We focus on how to create value for customers, analyze industry structure and identify sources of uniqueness and competitive advantage. To this, Darden adds a unique focus on design thinking, organic growth and sustainability.


Ethics enables students to reason about the role of ethics in business in a complex, dynamic and global environment. We emphasize harms and benefits analysis, rights and duties analysis, principles and rules, and moral and institutional leadership. To these, Darden adds our unique depth on stakeholder theory and american pragmatism.


Entrepreneurship is not just about starting companies but about developing the entrepreneurial mindset: doing more with less as well as doing more with what you have. Key concepts here include idea generation, prototype development, obtaining funding, team building, business planning and risk management. To these, Darden adds entrepreneurial expertise and effectual logic and market-based solutions for social issues. 


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Lester F. Alexander III

John Glynn Endowed Professor and Professor of Practice in Business Administration

Scott Beardsley

Scott C. Beardsley

Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration

L. J. Bourgeois III

L. J. Bourgeois III

Emeritus Professor of Business Administration
Senior Fellow, Darden Center for Global Initiatives

Ming-Jer Chen

Ming-Jer Chen

Leslie E. Grayson Professor of Business Administration

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Yo-Jud Cheng

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Jacqueline L. Doyle

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Gregory B. Fairchild

Gregory B. Fairchild

Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration
Associate Dean for Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship
Dean and CEO of UVA | Northern Virginia

R. Edward Freeman

R. Edward Freeman

Stephen E. Bachand University Professor of Business Administration
Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration
Distinguished Professor of Business Administration


Jared D. Harris

Samuel L. Slover Research Chair and Associate Professor of Business Administration

Edward D. Hess

Edward D. Hess

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Batten Executive-in-Residence Emeritus
Batten Faculty Fellow Emeritus


Young Hou

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Toni Irving

Frank M. Sands Sr. Professor of Practice

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Lauren Kaufmann

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Adrian Keevil

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Senior Fellow at Olsson Center

Dennie Kim

Dennie Kim

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson

Associate Professor Emerita of Business Administration


Benjamin D. Leiner

Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox

University Professor
Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration


Jeanne M. Liedtka

United Technologies Corporation Professor Emerita of Business Administration


Rory McDonald

Visiting Associate Professor of Business Administration

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Carolyn Miles

John Alden Purinton, Jr. Professor of Practice

Bobby Parmar

Bidhan L. Parmar

Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Shannon G. Smith Bicentennial Associate Professor of Business Administration


Vivian Riefberg

Professor of Practice
Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professorship Chair

John Rosenblum

Dean Emeritus at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

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Saras D. Sarasvathy

Paul M. Hammaker Professor in Business Administration
Academic Director, Batten Institute
Jamuna Raghavan Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore


Scott A. Snell

Frank M. Sands Sr. Professor of Business Administration

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Sankaran Venkataraman

MasterCard Professor of Business Administration
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

Andy Wicks

Andrew C. Wicks

Ruffin Professor of Business Administration
Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics
Director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics; Director, Doctoral Program

Pat Werhane

Professor Emerita
Senior Fellow, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics