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Andrew C. Wicks

Director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
Director, Doctoral Program
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 286
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MA, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Through his teaching and research, Andrew C. Wicks encourages us to ask questions about how we live and operate in the world - as individuals, as organizations and as a society. An ethicist with a background in religious studies, he examines both the theoretical and practical implications of ethics through thought-provoking courses such as: Responsible Leadership: Ultimate Questions and Creating Value for StakeholdersLeadership, Values and Ethics;Servant Leadership; and Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics.

Wicks is the Ruffin Professor of Business Administration at Darden. His leadership roles across the school include director of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, academic director of theInstitute for Business in Society, academic advisor for the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and director of Darden's Doctoral Program. Wicks is a member of the leadership track for the Academy of Management, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including Program Chair of the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division.

An expert in integrating ethics across the organization and across academic disciplines, Wicks also serves as an adjunct professor in UVA's Religious Studies Department and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He regularly teaches and gives academic talks abroad in countries such as Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand.

Known internationally for his research in business ethics and stakeholder theory, Wicks also examines topics such as trust, health care ethics, total quality management and stakeholder theory as it relates to morality and spirituality. His recent research explores issues such as ethics in the supply chain, the ethical implications of accounting discretion, and the consequences of "the dark side" of stakeholder theory. He has also been collaborating with the UVA Medical Center to better understand new approaches to patient care, with a particular focus on patient responsibility.

Co-author of four books, Wicks has published just under 40 academic journal articles, and served as Guest Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. He has received numerous awards for both his research and teaching, and is frequently quoted in mainstream media such as Bloomberg BusinessweekFinancial Times,FortuneNPRPoets & QuantsTime Magazine, and The Washington Post.

Wicks is a life-long athlete who enjoys playing golf, running and being outdoors. He loves music, good wine, cooking, reading and conversations with family, friends and students.

GBUS 7105: Leading Global Enterprises
Credits: 2
The LGE course provides a critical introduction to many of the key challenges managers face in Leading Global Enterprises. Along with the other courses in your first On-Grounds, LGE provides you a rich opportunity to understand the challenging task you face as a global leader and serves as a bridge to the courses you will take throughout the program.
GBUS 7118: Explorations in Enterprise Leadership - Part III
Credits: 2
Washington, DC region provides a wealth of opportunities for engaging directly with topics relevant to the challenges of leading a global firm, exploring the challenges of managing diverse stakeholders, & discussing how we can leverage concepts from across our curriculum as we manage the uncertainties facing contemporary leaders. Course provides a diverse range of leadership experiences & topics.
GBUS 7256: Financial Management and Policies - Part II
Credits: 2
This corporate-finance course focuses on corporate policy and the tactics that increase the value of the corporation. The course starts by stressing how managers interface with the capital markets to learn the return required by the firm's different investors. This required return, or cost of capital, is used later as the key variable to assess whether capital-investment proposals can create value for stakeholders.
GBUS 7380: Business Ethics (Part 1)
Credits: 2
The purpose of this course is to enable students to reason about the role of ethics in business administration in a complex, dynamic, global environment. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think deeply about the nature of business, the responsibilities of management, and how business and ethics can be put together. Cases without easy answers that raise a range of problems facing managers in the contemporary business environment will be used. Discussions will focus on developing a framework for analyzing the issues in moral terms and then making a decision and developing a set of reasons for why the decision was justified. Students will be pushed to think carefully about how they make decisions and develop their capacity to defend their decisions to other stakeholders. This is important as a way not only to foster integrity and responsible decision making, but also to push students to take leadership roles in dealing with complex and difficult choices they will face in their careers. Operating from a managerial perspective, students will address a range of themes in the class, including basic concepts in ethics, responsibilities to stakeholders and the building blocks of markets, corporate culture, the sources of ethical breakdowns in organizations, managerial integrity, value creation, and personal values and managerial choice.
GBUS 7381: Business Ethics (Part II)
Credits: 2
The purpose of this course is to enable students to reason about the role of ethics in business administration in a complex, dynamic, global environment. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think deeply about the nature of business, the responsibilities of management, and how business and ethics can be put together.
GBUS 7385: Business Ethics
Credits: 2
The purpose of this course is to enable students to reason about the role of ethics in business administration in a complex, dynamic, global environment. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think deeply about the nature of business, the responsibilities of management, and how business and ethics can be put together.
GBUS 8448: Ultimate Questions Responsible Mgmt & Value in Business
Credits: 2
This course is designed to explore what it means to be a person of faith and how that relates to how one should live, particularly in business. Students will look at this core question from the standpoint of three different religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. As we look at each faith tradition, we will be asking a series of questions connected to core themes of the course.
GBUS 8529: Lessons from South Africa on Public-Private Sector Coop to Grow an Economy
Credits: 2
We will experience many of the wonderful aspects of this beautiful country by visiting Johannesburg, Cape Town, and a few other locations, and should be sensitive, not afraid of, integrating its history into our understanding of the country today. Students should look to be open, honest, challenging and respectful of one another. To help us more fully engage with each other when we are in South Africa, we will work in teams.
GBUS 8704: Leadership, Values, and Ethics
Credits: 2
The premise of this course is that students can learn a great deal about leadership by studying the leadership of others. Values and ethics as essential elements of leadership are the central focus. The course will provide students with examples and models of ways in which leaders have incorporated ethics and values into many definitions of leadership. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own values and ethics as well as examine and build upon their own definition of leadership. Each session will be devoted to a different leader, focusing on their background, context, and type of leadership they displayed. Insights from these leaders and an array of readings on leadership will be used to foster reflection on what makes a great leader. The majority of leaders chosen for study, although familiar, are not business entrepreneurs or leaders of large corporations. The idea is to think more broadly about what makes great leadership by looking at a series of figures who offer a range of approaches to leadership and the value systems that can underlie it. Some leaders covered in past courses were Sir Ernest Shackleton, George Patton, Chairman Mao, Oscar Schindler, Mahatma Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mustafa Ataturk, Al Groh, Cynthia Cooper, Ann Fudge, and Muhammad Yunus. Our focus will be on these leaders, their stories, and how they connect values and leadership, but at the end of each study students will connect the discussions back to the present and their challenges as future leaders.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.
GBUS 9020: Foundations of Business Ethics
Credits: 3
This course provides students with a doctoral-level introduction to the normative discourse of business ethics. We will read a variety of texts from classic philosophical works as well as contemporary counterparts who illustrate how these ideas are being used in recent research in business ethics. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 9852: Independent Study: Bounded Rationality
Credits: 3
This independent study will coincide with the Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality in psychology and economics at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, under the direction of Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer. The Institute intends to provide a view of human rationality that is anchored in the psychological possibilities of actual humans rather than in the fictional construct of Homo economicus. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 9999: Non-Topical Research, Doctoral
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.