Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson

Associate Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Larson explores topics at the interface of innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices — she studies why and how going “green” and implementing sustainability corporate strategies make money and contribute to the common good. Sustainable business strategies integrate economic, social and environmental concerns into how products and services are designed, created and delivered. Sustainability strategies encompass performance measured as profitability, social equity, human health, ecological system preservation and community viability.

Larson focuses on innovative entrepreneurial teams, firms and supply chains engaged in sustainable business as a competitive strategy. She has published in Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Interfaces. Larson was co-founder in 2002 of the “Ingenuity Project,” a program under the Batten Institute at Darden to integrate the study of entrepreneurial innovation with sustainable business practices. She has testified before Congress on the global sustainability/innovation revolution and developed an extensive curriculum for business schools on the issues.

Ph.D., Harvard University

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Timothy M. Laseter

Professor of Practice

Laseter’s purview includes operations strategy, innovation, emerging technology and internet retailing. In addition to teaching at Darden, he serves as a managing director at PwC’s global strategy consulting firm, Strategy&, and contributing editor for management magazine strategy+business. He is co-author of four books, papers in leading academic journals and nearly 50 articles in strategy+business.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty, Laseter was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, helping global businesses with supply chain management, strategic sourcing and operations strategy. He has also taught at a number of business schools, including Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, IESE Business School, NYU Stern School of Business and London Business School.

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; MBA, Ph.D., University of Virginia


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Mike Lenox

Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer; Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration

Lenox’s expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. He studies the role of innovation in helping a business succeed. In particular, he explores the sourcing of external knowledge by firms and this practice’s impact on a company’s innovation strategy. Lenox has a longstanding interest in the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment; his work explores firm strategies and nontraditional public policies that have the potential to drive green innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 2013, Lenox co-authored The Strategist’s Toolkit with Darden Professor Jared Harris. His latest book, Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating Our Way to Sustainability, examines how innovation and action from multiple stakeholders may address the environmental crisis.

B.S., M.S., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Kenneth Lichtendahl

Kenneth C. Lichtendahl Jr.

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Lichtendahl is an expert in probability forecasting and combining forecast — the art of helping management cope with the uncertainty of the future. His expertise reaches into decision analysis, dynamic programming and Bayesian statistics.

His research focuses on eliciting, evaluating and combining probability forecasts and on modeling the consumption/investment choices of individuals. He began his professional career in the beverage industry. In the 1990s, he co-founded the Tradewinds Beverage Company. He is one of the authors of “Is It Better to Average Probabilities or Quantiles?” forthcoming in Management Science.

A.B., Princeton University; MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; M.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., Duke University


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Jeanne Liedtka

Jeanne M. Liedtka

United Technologies Corporation Professor of Business Administration

Liedtka is an expert on the hot topic of design thinking and how it can be used to fuel innovation and organic growth.

Liedtka’s most recent books are The Catalyst: How You Can Lead Extraordinary Growth (named one of Businessweek’s best innovation and design books of 2009), Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers (winner of the 1800 CEO READ best management book of 2011), The Physics of Business Growth(2012) and Solving Business Problems With Design: 10 Stories of What Works (2013). Her latest book, Design Thinking for the Greater Good, studies design-led innovation projects in government and social sectors.

B.S., Boston University; MBA, Harvard University; DBA, Boston University


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Marc Lipson

Marc L. Lipson

Robert F. Vandell Professor of Business Administration

An expert in equity market trading and institutional investing, Lipson focuses his research on market microstructure — the study of how market design and organization affect price formation and liquidity. 

He has served as a visiting scholar at the New York Stock Exchange and on the NASDAQ Economic Advisory Board. Widely published, Lipson has also served as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Financial Management and is currently an associate editor for both the Journal of Financial Markets and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Prior to joining the Darden faculty, he taught finance at the University of Georgia.

B.A., M.S., University of Virginia; Ph.D., University of Michigan


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Elena Loutskina

Elena Loutskina

Peter M. Grant II Bicentennial Foundation Professor of Business Administration

Loutskina is an authority on banking and securitization. She researches corporate financing, venture capital and innovation, and earnings management.

Her main research focus is on the impact of the securitization markets on the financial management of financial and nonfinancial corporations. Loutskina also explores the role of corporate venture capitalists in increasing the value of entrepreneurial firms. She has been invited to present her research at the Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve Board, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and Banque de France.

Loutskina’s most recent papers  in top finance journals include “Corporate Venture Capital, Value Creation and Innovation” (with Thomas J. Chemmanur and Xuan Tian) in the Review of Financial Studies and “Financial Integration, Housing and Economic Volatility”(with Philip E. Strahan) in the Journal of Financial Economics.

B.S., Belarus State University; M.S., Stat University of New York; Ph.D., Boston College


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Luann Lynch

Luann J. Lynch

Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration

Lynch’s expertise and research interests are primarily in how to best pay or otherwise give incentives to bosses that will make their companies succeed. The focus of her work can be broadly characterized as an exploration of how incentives and compensation systems are structured to encourage the desired behavior by the individuals or organizations. Her work has examined incentive issues such as stock options, compensation in post-merger integration efforts and the effect of financial reporting, accounting and regulation on incentive compensation.

Before joining the Darden faculty, Lynch was assistant vice president at Roche Biomedical Laboratories Inc. and held positions in finance and accounting at Roche, Northern Telecom (NorTel) and Procter & Gamble.

Lynch is author and co-author of several articles published in leading accounting and finance journals.

B.S., Meredith College; MBA, Duke University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina


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