UVA Darden Professor Hess on ‘the New CEO’

By Dave Hendrick

University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Ed Hess believes the coming Smart Machine Age will be as disruptive for modern society as the industrial revolution was to a previous generation.

In a special multimedia presentation in UVA Today’s Illimitable publication, Hess explains how the future of work will change, and what skills humans will need to learn in order to excel.

Rather than clinging to hierarchy or control, leaders should embrace uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity, much as “a good, courageous scientist” would, according to Hess.

“I like the scientific method analogy for the workplace, because scientists are trained to acknowledge the magnitude of their ignorance and to treat their beliefs as hypotheses to be constantly tested and subject to modification by better data,” he said. “Business people need a method to continuously learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Read more in UVA Today’s Illimitable.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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