Jack Weber portrait

Jack R. Weber

Professor Emeritus of Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Areas of Expertise

Leading Transformational Change, Executive Leadership, Psychodynamics of Top Management Teams, Residential Leadership Retreats for C-Suite Teams, Human Behavior in Organizations, Technology, Computing and Smaller Growth Companies

Education:  Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Jack Weber is professor emeritus at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he taught executive leadership and strategic change management for some 30 years. He was a co-architect (with Dr. Carol Weber) of numerous innovative residential executive development programs, including Leadership for Extraordinary Performance and Creating the Future: The Challenge of Transformational Leadership, which were rated by Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal among the top senior management programs in the world.

In the MBA program, Professor Weber served as course head of numerous celebrated courses in leadership, change and organizational behavior, and designed and co-led the first global leadership experience for MBAs.

Weber’s other academic credits include professorships at the Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business at Dartmouth College and the International Management Development Institute (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. While at IMD, Jack authored a book on European executives, General Managers in Action (IMEDE), and is co-author of Managerial Literacy: What Managers Must Know to Succeed (Dow Jones-Irwin). He also served as co-editor of the Journal of International Leadership Education.

Weber was educated at Yale (physics), the University of Miami (electrical engineering), and the University of California at Berkeley, where his doctoral studies in mathematical models, group dynamics and organizational behavior led him to focus on the psychodynamics of executive leadership in technology companies and to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in business administration and organizational behavior. He also pursued a second Ph.D. (ABD) in clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and served pro bono for 10 years as a practicing group psychotherapist in Charlottesville.

As an internationally recognized consultant, Jack Weber (and Carol Weber) designed and conducted groundbreaking residential leadership development programs for dozens of global companies and served as compassionate and tough-minded coaches to C-suite executives committed to building cultures of leaders.

Prior to his career in education and management consulting, Weber held leadership positions in engineering design with IBM Corporation, Lincoln Laboratories/RCA and DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

Weber is passionate about his life’s work, studying guitar, teaching yoga, and his family and friends, with whom he enjoys skiing, sailing, cycling, adventure travel and good conversation. With his wife, Carol, Jack divides his time between Charlottesville, San Francisco and Highland Beach, Florida.

Selected Publications

Sloan Management Review,“The Generative Cycle: Linking Knowledge and Relationships,” Vol. 39, No. 1 (with Professors Jeanne Liedtka, Mark Haskings and John Rosenblum)

Journal of Managerial Psychology, “Creating a Significant and Sustainable Executive Education Experience,” Volume 14, Nos. 5&6 (with Professor Jeanne Liedtka)

The Journal of Management Development, “A ‘ROSE’ + 6’ architecture for customized, single-company management development seminars,” (with Professors Mark E. Haskins, Jeanne Liedtka & John Rosenblum)

Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, “Effects of Process Feedback, Consultation, and Knowledge of Results on Perceptions of Group Process,” Vol. 80.

Journal of Rational Emotive Therapy, The Coronary-Prone Personality: An Analysis of the Cognitive Structure Underlying the Type A Behavior Pattern,” Vol. 1, No. 1.


Selected Books

Managerial Literacy: What Today’s Managers Must Know to Succeed, Dow Jones-Irwin (with Professor Gary Shaw)

General Managers in Action, I.M.E.D.E., International Management Development Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland.

International Journal of Leadership Education, Volume 1, Issue 1, Senate Hall Publishing, (co-editor with Paddy Miller, I.E.S.E., Spain & Flemming Poulfelt, Copenhagen Business School)

Interpersonal Behavior: Communication and Understanding in Relationships, “Games Managers Play: A Transanalytic Interpretation”, chapter in a book by Harvard Professors Anthony G. Athos & John J. Gabarro, Prentice-Hall.

The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics, “Leadership,” chapter entry in a book edited by Professors P.H. Werhane and R.E. Freeman.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case-method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Jack Weber’s cases are available on the Darden Business Publishing website.