Education: B.A., Davidson College; Ph.D., Princeton University
C. Stewart Sheppard Professor Robert Harris has served as the University of Virginia Darden School of Business' dean and, prior to that, as chief learning officer and vice president of United Technologies Corporation.
His research has focused on corporate finance, private equity, financial markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Harris has been widely published in leading academic and practitioner journals in finance and economics. He has been a visiting scholar at London Business School, Oxford University (England) and the University of Otago (New Zealand) and a recipient of research and teaching awards. In addition to teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive audiences, he has authored financial textbooks, computer tutorials and dozens of business cases and teaching notes. Harris has been an active consultant and adviser to corporations, government agencies and has held a range of offices in professional societies.
Before joining the Darden faculty, Harris was on the faculties of the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Robert S. Harris, T. Brotherson, Kenneth Eades, and R. Higgins. "Company Valuation in Mergers and Acquisitions: How is Discounted Cash Flow Applied by Leading Practitioners (with T. Brotherson, K. Eades and R. Higgins), Journal of Applied Finance, Forthcoming.
Harris, Robert S., Tim Jenkinson and Steven N. Kaplan. "Private Equity Performance: What Do We Know?" Journal of Finance, 2014, Vol 69, No 5, 1851-1882.
Harris, Robert S., T. Brotherson, and Kenneth Eades. "Best Practices in Estimating the Cost of Capital: An Update," Journal of Applied Finance, (Volume 23, No. 1, 2013).
Harris, Robert S. and Felicia Marston. "Changes in the Market Risk Premium and the Cost of Capital: Implications for Practice," Journal of Applied Finance, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2013).
Eades, Kenneth, Todd Brotherson, Robert Harris, and Robert Higgins. "Best Practices in Estimating the Cost of Capital: Survey and Synthesis," Journal of Applied Science, Vol. 23, No. 1, 17-35.
Harris, Robert S., Tim Jenkinson and Rudi Stucke. "Are Too Many Private Equity Firms Top Quartile," Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Fall 2012).
Robert S. Harris and Robert M. Conroy. "Estimating Capital Costs: Practical Implementation of Theory's Insights," in Capital Structure and Corporate Financing Decisions: Theory, Evidence, and Practice,(Robert W. Kolb Series), H. Kent Baker and Gerald S. Martin, Editors, Wiley, May 2011, 191-210.
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.
Robert S. Harris' cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.