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Robert Bruner

Robert F. Bruner

University Professor; Distinguished Professor of Business Administration; Dean Emeritus

Bruner is an expert on mergers and acquisitions. He’s written two books on the subject, Deals from Hell: M&A Lessons That Rise Above the Ashes and Applied Mergers and Acquisitions, which have helped countless students and business people deal with the complexity of mergers and acquisitions. His business expertise is wide-ranging; he’s well-versed in capital structure management, commercial banking and investment banking, corporate finance, financial crises and bank panics, corporate valuation, enterprise leadership and management education. He is co-author of Case Studies in Finance: Managing for Corporate Value Creation, currently in its seventh edition.

Bruner comments on life, business and current events in his blog. He also tweets regularly on his Twitter account.

B.A., Yale University; MBA, DBA, Harvard University

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Sean Carr

Sean Carr

Assistant Professor of Business Administration; Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Carr’s applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media and numerous teaching materials. His work has been cited by The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, the Financial TimesNewsweek, NPR and CNBC.

Carr is co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm with Darden Dean Emeritus Robert F. Bruner. He is executive chair of the Jefferson Innovation Summit, presented with CNBC to convene national leaders from business, government, academia, media and the arts for a constructive conversation about creating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Previously, Carr worked for CNN and spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News’ World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

B.A., Northwestern University; M.S., Columbia University; MBA, Ph.D., University of Virginia

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Robert Carraway

Robert L. Carraway

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Carraway, professor and former senior associate dean of the MBA program, is an authority on the appropriate and constructive use of quantitative analysis in making important decisions. He focuses on the relationship between intuition and rational analysis and how the two can complement one another, as well as on the role analysis can play in innovating more effectively and efficiently.

He co-authored the book Quantitative Analysis Casebook with Professors Sam Bodily and Phillip Pfeifer and Professor Emeritus Sherwood Frey, as well as authored the articles “Big Data, Small Bets” and “Meeting the Big Data Challenge: DON’T Be Objective” for the Forbes/Batten Institute series.

B.S., MBA, East Carolina University; Ph.D., Purdue University

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Raul Chao

Raul O. Chao

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Chao engages in research and teaching geared toward improving how innovation and new product development processes operate. He serves as an adviser to multiple entrepreneurial ventures as well as companies such as 3M, Microsoft, Whirlpool and Lockheed Martin.

Chao’s research has been published in leading scientific journals, as well as popular business press including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

B.S., Johns Hopkins University; MBA, M.S., University of Miami; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

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Susan Chaplinsky

Susan Chaplinsky

Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration

Chaplinsky’s expertise is in corporate finance, private equity, capital raising, investment banking and valuation. Her research is widely cited and addresses the availability and costs of different forms of capital. One of her research specialties is PIPEs (private investments in public equities) — a method by which companies raise capital by selling their stock at a discount to private investors.

Chaplinksky is perennially recognized for her outstanding teaching — presented in 2013 with the All-University Teaching Award and voted Out­standing Professor in 2007 and faculty marshal in 1996. She wrote an article titled “Private Equity and the Public’s Right to Know” for The Washington Post/Darden “Case in Point” series, in the 14 April 2012 issue. In September 2012 she presented “Trends in the PIPE Market” at Columbia University Law School’s Center for Law and Economic Studies.

A.B., University of Illinois; MBA, Ph.D., University of Chicago

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Ming Jer Chen

Ming-Jer Chen

Leslie E. Grayson Professor of Business Administration

Chen is a leading authority in strategic management, a field that helps companies align corporate policies and resources with strategic priorities. He is recognized for his pioneering work in competitive dynamics — how firms compete and collaborate worldwide — and ambicultural management — how to integrate the best aspects of seemingly oppositional business cultures and practices, such as Eastern and Western, or competitive and cooperative.

Chen’s corporate clients include Merck, FedEx, Rolls-Royce and Tencent. His work has been featured frequently in global media, including ForbesThe Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, and he contributes a regular column to Harvard Business Review (Chinese). Chen’s article “Becoming Ambicultural: A Personal Quest and Aspiration for Organizations,” based on his 2013 Academy of Management president’s speech, appeared in Academy of Management Review in 2014.

B.S., National Taipei University; MBA, Ph.D., University of Maryland

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Luca Cian

Luca Cian

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Cian’s area of marketing expertise encompasses consumer behavior and psychology, specifically as related to sensory marketing and social cognition.

His work has appeared in leading academic journals Journal of Marketing ResearchJournal of Consumer Psychology and Journal of Consumer Research, and has been discussed on NPR and in other mainstream channels including The Huffington Post, New York magazine, The Atlantic and Fast Company’s Co.Design.

Before coming to Darden, Cian was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, while also serving as a marketing consultant for the Italian Environmental Protection Agency and working at the Sensory Marketing Laboratory and at the Social Cognition Laboratory.

M.S., University of Trieste; Ph.D., University of Verona (visiting at University of Michigan); Postdoc, University of Michigan

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James Clawson

James G. Clawson

Johnson & Higgins Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Clawson is an authority on leadership. He recently wrote books titled Level Three Leadership: Getting Below the Surface (fifth edition), Powered by Feel: How Individuals, Teams and Companies Excel (with Doug Newburg) and Balancing Your Life: Executive Lessons for Work, Family and Self. Clawson has authored more than 300 cases and technical notes.

Clawson is considered an authority in tactical and strategic leadership. He says, “leadership is about managing energy, first in yourself and then in those around you.” His expertise also spills over into fields such as managing change, career management, management development and pedagogy.

He taught at Harvard Business School, worked as a functional trainer for Mobil Oil Company in Japan and served as an international banking officer for Wells Fargo Bank before coming to Darden.

Clawson has consulted on every continent except Antarctica.

A.B., Stanford University; MBA, Brigham Young University; DBA, Harvard University

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Alex Cowan

Alex Cowan

Batten Fellow and General Faculty

Cowan is an expert in digital innovation, agile and lean methodologies, and entrepreneurship. He teaches multiple courses in Darden’s Technology and Operations Management area, as well as the massive open online course specialization “Agile Development” (one of Coursera’s Top 15 specializations) and “Digital Product Management: Modern Fundamentals.”

Author of the book Starting a Tech Business: A Practical Guide for Anyone Creating or Designing Applications or Software, Cowan is also an experienced entrepreneur and intrapreneur who now divides his time between instructing, advising and consulting. He delves into venture design, his systematic approach to developing new products and businesses, on www.alexandercowan.com.

Cowan studied industrial engineering and economics at Stanford University.

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Martin Davidson

Martin N. Davidson

Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer; Johnson & Higgins Professor Business Administration

Davidson is an expert on global leadership with an emphasis on how to manage diversity to generate superior performance — an approach he pioneered called Leveraging Difference. He wrote the book on diversity in business, The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed. He’s experienced in helping senior leaders develop the skills they need to thrive in global environments.

Davidson consults with a host of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations. He has served as chief diversity officer for the Darden School, and as the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson writes a blog called “In My Opinion,” found at www.leveragingdifference.com.

A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Stanford University

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