Experts

Ed Davis

Edward W. Davis

Oliver Wight Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Davis is an authority on supply chain management, operations strategy and global sourcing, with a particular focus on the automotive industry and global manufacturing. The author of more than 100 case studies, Davis has authored or co-authored three books on supply chain management, project management and production management.

Now professor emeritus, Davis served as head of the Technology & Operations Management academic area at Darden. He joined the Darden faculty in 1978 after teaching at Harvard Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of North Carolina. He performed postgraduate study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Degrees: B.S., MSIE, Georgia Institute of Technology; MPhil, Ph.D., Yale University

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Peter Debaere

Peter Debaere

Professor of Business Administration

Debaere is a leading international economist, with a focus on international trade, multinationals and trade policy. His work addresses fundamental questions about the extent to which trade theories can explain actual international trade patterns. He has also examined the specific impact of trade policies on trade flows and international prices, as well as on the operations of multinational corporations. In recent years, Debaere has also been researching the economics of water.

B.A., KUL, Belgium; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Jim Detert

James R. Detert

Associate Dean for Executive Degree Programs and Leadership Initiatives; Henry E. McWane Professor of Business Administration

An expert on leadership and ethics, Detert’s research focuses on workplace courage, why people do or don’t speak up, and ethical decision-making and behavior. His research and consulting have been conducted across a variety of global high-technology and service-oriented industries, in addition to public sector institutions, including K–12 education.

Detert has received awards for his teaching in MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as academic best paper awards for his work, which appears in many online and print media outlets. Prior to coming to Darden, he taught at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

BBA, University of Wisconsin; MBA, University of Minnesota; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

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Ken Eades

Kenneth M. Eades

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Eades’ broad expertise covers corporate finance issues including dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, investments, defined benefit pensions and pricing of convertible securities. He is also the author of 50 Darden cases.

In 2013 Eades wrote “Best Practices in Estimating the Cost of Capital: Survey and Synthesis” with Todd Brotherson, Robert Harris, and Robert Higgins in the Journal of Applied Finance. He also contributed to the popular book The Portable MBA, Fifth Edition, with Timothy Laseter, Ian Skurnik, Peter Rodriguez, Lynn Isabella and Paul Simko.

B.S., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., Purdue University

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Rich Evans

Richard B. Evans

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Professor Evans’ research and teaching focus is investment decision-making. He explores risk taking by mutual fund managers, the role of broker intermediation in mutual fund investing, the impact of commission bundling and other trading costs on portfolio performance and retail and institutional-investor behavior.

Evans has been cited by The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine and published in the top finance journals: Journal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. He has also taught Executive Education courses for investment professionals from Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Citizens Bank.

B.S., M.S., University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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Greg Fairchild

Gregory B. Fairchild

Associate Dean for Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship; Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration

Fairchild is an expert in business strategy, business ethics, leadership and entrepreneurship. He specializes in underserved, overlooked markets and has taught financial literacy to victims of domestic violence, and has launched a program to teach entrepreneurship and business skills to inmates re-entering society.

Fairchild was named one of the 10 Best Business School Professors in the World by CNNMoney/Fortune in 2012 and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. He was the lead investigator in a study of business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Professor Fairchild teaches in the Executive Education program The Women’s Leadership Program.

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Paul Farris

Paul W. Farris

Landmark Communications Inc. Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Farris is a top specialist in promotion and distribution. He is also well-versed in consumer advertising and branding strategy. His current research is focused on building coherent systems for integrating financial and marketing metrics.

In 2006, he wrote Marketing Metrics: 50+ Metrics Every Executive Should Master, which was selected by Strategy + Business as the 2006 Marketing Book of the Year. He co-authored the book Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance with Darden Professor Phillip Pfeifer and others in 2010. In 2013, he wrote “Retail Free-Riding: The Case of the Wallpaper Industry,” with M. Doane, S. Kucuk and R. Maddux in the Antitrust Bulletin. With Darden Professors Raj Venkatesan and Ron Wilcox, he is co-author of the forthcoming book Cutting-Edge Marketing Analytics: Real-World Cases and Datasets for Hands-on Learning.

Farris is on the board of directors of Sto Corp. and previously served on boards for the GSI Group, Ohio Art Company and other companies.

B.S., University of Missouri; MBA, University of Washington; DBA, Harvard University

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Mary Margaret Frank

Mary Margaret Frank

Samuel A. Lewis Sr. Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Business Administration

Frank’s expertise is in the integration of business and public policy, including cross-sector collaborations. She is a former board member of the Female Health Company, which works with public-private partnerships that empower women to fight HIV globally, especially in Africa.

Her additional expertise is in regulated disclosure focusing on tax, financial accounting and patent reporting. Her most recent research examines international tax settings. More broadly, her research focuses on the effects of regulated disclosure on corporate management, investors and entrepreneurs.

Frank practiced as a CPA and worked for Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C., as a senior tax consultant. She served on the board of directors and chair of the Audit Committee of Veru Inc., formerly known as the Female Health Company. She wrote “The Potential for Inflating Earnings Through the Expected Rate of Return on Defined Benefit Pension Plan Assets” with Brian Adams and Tod Perry in Accounting Horizons.

Frank was awarded the 2014 Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award for her innovative work teaching business school graduates how government and business can work together to solve problems and create opportunities.

B.S., M.Acc., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Jim Freeland

James R. Freeland

Sponsors Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Freeland has wide-ranging expertise; with an extensive background in operations management, his current area of focus is economic and opportunity inequality, and he teaches on both topics.

Freeland joined Darden in 1979 and served as the senior associate dean for faculty and research from 1993 to 2012. In that role, he oversaw the hiring of more than 60 new faculty members and significantly increased both the research productivity and diversity of the Darden faculty. Before coming to Darden, Freeland taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

BSIE, Bradley University; MSIE, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

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R Edward Freeman

R. Edward Freeman

University Professor; Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics; Co-Academic Director, Institute for Business in Society

Freeman is best known for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics, in which he suggests that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders. His expertise also extends to areas such as leadership, corporate responsibility and business strategy. Since writing the award-winning book Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach in 1984, countless scholars, business leaders and students worldwide have cited Freeman’s work.

Freeman also wrote Managing for Stakeholders: Survival, Reputation and Success and Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art.

B.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Washington University

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