Entrepreneurship & innovation

Climate Action

Professor Michael Lenox, who also serves as senior associate dean and chief strategy officer at Darden, delivers his expertise on climate action and says that success will depend on greening energy sources, reducing emissions from industrials, agriculture and buildings, and electrifying transportation.

Design Thinking vs. Cognitive Biases: 10 Biases for Innovation to Overcome

Professor Jeanne Liedtka calls out 10 specific biases that cause especially serious problems for innovators. Design Thinking’s ability to fight these common biases accounts for its ability to help us test our ideas successfully.

Promoting Globalized Innovation, BIT by BIT

Solutions to many challenging problems, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require technological coordination and collaboration at the global level. Professor Ting Xu’s latest research identifies bilateral investment treaties (BITs) as a useful policy lever to promote the globalization of innovation.

Pivoting in a Pandemic: From Diapers to Mask Production in China

With the world on the brink of pandemic, a business was asked to make masks. How should it balance an ethical imperative against the risks of entering a new market? And what direction should it take when the crisis receded? Public-private partnerships can combine the strengths of diverse entities, driving rich, broadly beneficial results.

How Barriers Faced by Female Entrepreneurs Impact Us All and Stifle the Global Economy

The glass ceiling exists around the world. In this podcast, Professor Gaurav Chiplunkar discusses his new research on the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs in developing countries, how their challenges harm the entire economy, and what business leaders and policymakers can do about it.

The Decarbonization Imperative: How the Entire Economy Can Meet the Climate Moment

Professor Mike Lenox and Senior Researcher Becky Duff at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business talk with the Batten Institute’s Sean Carr about their new book on what it will take to decarbonize the economy. Not just one sector. Every sector. And their insights have big implications for every business leader, investor and policymaker

Supporting High-Growth Startups: Do Investor Tax Credit Programs Live Up to Their Promise?

Investor tax credit programs are often touted as effective ways to promote high-growth entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth. Professor Ting Xu’s study of angel tax credit programs in the U.S. provides new insights about their impact, raising serious concerns about using investor subsidies to promote entrepreneurship.

Design Thinking, Lean and Agile: The 3 I’s

Design Thinking, Agile and Lean are ways of innovating that focus on building products and services that create customer value and take the risk out of development and delivery processes. But each method has a specific focus and combination of tools, as well as suitability for different projects.

Recommerce: The Future of Retail?

As consumers have become aware of the waste generated by the apparel industry and as Marie Kondo’s decluttering approach has gained popularity, many are increasingly interested in resale, rental or refurbished fashion. One startup tested the waters, using behavioral science to enrich its business model and structure marketing campaigns.

5 Questions on the Controversial Law That ‘Created the Internet’

David Touve, senior director at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Batten Institute, recently answered five questions on Section 230, the controversial law that many say helped create the internet as we know it.