New UVA Darden Courses Include Explorations of Inclusion, Managing in a Pandemic and Tech Policy

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business will offer a number of new courses for the 2020–21 academic year. The classes range from explorations of India’s role in the global economy to a deep dive into technology policy, among other topics.

All Darden First Year MBA students take the same core curriculum, becoming expert in business fundamentals such as accounting and ethics, but customize their education through frequently updated electives and concentrations in the Second Year.

Professor Gaurav Chiplunkar’s “India in the World Economy” course, for example, will take a close look at a country with nearly one-fifth of the world’s population. India has seen tremendous economic growth in recent years, but it faces a host of challenges as investment shows signs of slowing and inequality remains pronounced. The course will consider the prospects for India’s immediate economic future and ask what the country’s recent experience may mean for other emerging markets.

Another first-time course, “Hot Topics in Real Estate,” will bring in a series of leading investment managers and experts in the area to discuss the dynamic real estate landscape, with topics spanning the intersections of real estate finance, real estate development and management, urban planning, public policy and law, marketing, and modern architecture.

New courses for the 2020-21 academic year at Darden include:

“Communicating Financial and Sustainability Performance,” taught by Professor James Naughton

“Customer Centricity: A Strategic Approach” taught by Ahmed Khwaja

“Data Analytics and Leadership Judgement in Sports,” taught by Professor Jim Detert

“Explorations in Enterprise Leadership: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” taught by Professors Martin Davidson and Laura Morgan Roberts

“Hot Topics in Real Estate,” taught by Tony Smith (MBA ’87)

“India in the World Economy” taught by Professor Gaurav Chiplunkar

“Managing in a Pandemic: The Challenge of COVID-19,” taught by Professor Paul Matherne, Professor Vivian Riefberg, Corey Feist (EMBA ’16) and Kose Ayhan

“Security Analysis & Valuation,” taught by Professor Robert Harris

“Societal Issues in Business,” taught by Professor Ed Freeman

“Strategic Costing,” taught by Professor Shane Dikolli

“Technology Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Policy,” taught by David Touve, senior director at Darden’s Batten Institute.

Additional classes may be approved as the year progresses. Darden recently welcomed the Class of 2022 in both the Executive MBA and full-time MBA.

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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