MBA - Area Focus Electives - Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship

Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship

Darden has long been recognized for having one of the best entrepreneurship programs among all graduate business schools, with a curriculum that inspires purpose-driven, entrepreneurial leaders who will improve the world. Today, we offer more than 25 area-focused electives in strategy, ethics, and entrepreneurship related fields. 

The academic journal Business & Society recognizes the Darden School of Business as the #1 MBA program in the field of business ethics.

The Honor Code, a venerable tradition at the University of Virginia, provides the foundation for a strong history of ethics. Ethics has been a formal part of the Darden required curriculum for over 20 years, as well as a popular area for several electives.

A full listing of all strategy, ethics, and entrepreneurship courses is available here.  For questions about any of these offerings, please contact Bobby Parmar.

In addition to courses, Darden encourages all students to develop their innovative thinking and entrepreneurial capabilities through a wide range of co-curricular programs in entrepreneurship and innovation. These include student clubs, conferences, workshops, boot camps, internships, fellowships, competitions, independent studies, mentorship, and a variety of early-stage venture development opportunities.

For a complete access to all of Darden’s curricular and co-curricular offerings in entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and related fields, please visit the Batten Institute, a center of research and education at Darden dedicated to inspiring purpose-driven entrepreneurial leadership.

Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Faculty

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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


Ming-Jer Chen

Leslie E. Grayson Professor of Business Administration


Yo-Jud Cheng

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Jacqueline L. Doyle

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


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

University Professor; 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


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

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Benjamin D. Leiner

Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration; Special Advisor for the Dean; Senior Faculty Fellow, UVA Miller Center; Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy), Batten School of Leadership and Public


Rory McDonald

Visiting Associate Professor of Business Administration

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Carolyn Miles

John Alden Purinton, Jr. Professor of Practice; Senior Adviser to the Dean; Interim President of the Darden School Foundation


Bidhan L. Parmar

Shannon G. Smith Bicentennial Associate Professor of Business Administration


Vivian Riefberg

Professor of Practice; Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professorship Chair

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Saras 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 Venkatraman

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


Andrew C. Wicks

Ruffin Professor of Business Administration; Director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics; Director, Doctoral Program

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Staff

Omar Garriott

Executive Director and Assistant Professor

MJ Toms

MJ Toms

Director of Education and Experiential Learning

Jason Brewster

Jason Brewster

Director, Ventures

David Touve

David Touve

Senior Director, Ventures

Sandra McCutcheon

Sandra McCutcheon

Assistant Director, Ventures

Rebecca Duff

Rebecca Duff

Director of Initiatives, Batten Institute