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Ira C. Harris

Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 330
40 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Strategic Management, The University of Texas at Austin
M.B.A., Corporate Strategy, University of Pennsylvania
B.B.A., Accounting and Finance, Howard University

Professor Harris’ research focuses on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. He has studied boards of directors and how their composition affects major strategic decisions. His recent governance research particularly addresses the context of family business. He is currently studying the distinguishing governance characteristics of family business ownership and the various “non-equity” and “non-genetic” ways of defining family ownership.

Professor Harris teaches in the area of strategic management and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Before joining the McIntire School, he taught for five years at the University of Notre Dame and was voted the 2001 Mendoza College of Business M.B.A. Outstanding Professor of the Year. He also taught at Texas A&M University for three years. Professor Harris is a certified public accountant in Illinois and Virginia. He was an Auditor in the Chicago Office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells for three years and a Financial Reporting Manager for four years at MCI Telecommunications. In addition to teaching, he runs his family’s self-storage business in Tappahannock, Va.

COMM 3040: Strategic Value Creation
Credits: 5
Provides an overview of corporate & global strategy, introducing frameworks for valuing companies, assessing the impact of strategic initiatives on firm value, & understanding corporate communication strategies & techniques. Topics include corporate governance, diversification, mergers & acquisitions, alliances, international market entries, DCF & relative valuation methods, corporate reputation management, investor & media relations.
GCOM 7010: Global Strategy and Systems
Credits: 5
Global Strategy and Systems provides an overview of global business from both a strategic process perspective and the organization as a system. It introduces a broad conceptual framework involving strategic and critical thinking, business planning, and general management functions. It provides a foundation for the other core modules that develop more specific concepts and techniques. Restricted to MS in Commerce students.
GCOM 7549: Commerce in the Global Context
Credits: 1–4
A full understanding of commerce requires an appreciation of the context in which all business occurs. Commerce in the Global Context builds upon GCOM 7870 (Foundations of Global Commerce), introducing students to business in a variety of regions of the world as well as important topics in global business.
GCOM 7550: Topics in Global Immersion Experience
Credits: 1–5
Global immersion experience course options for M.S. in Commerce students.
GCOM 7560: Emerging Topics in Commerce
Credits: 2
McIntire aims to train students on the latest business practices and decision-making tools. While this statement describes the entire MS-Commerce curriculum, this 1.5 credit hour current topics course is designed to track analytical tools likely to change more frequently than our other courses. The specific topics and tools covered are subject to change annually, as marketplace demands change.
GCOM 7873: Doing Business in Europe
Credits: 5
This course focuses on doing business in Europe. Coursework consists of classroom instruction, corporate visits, and cultural experiences to help students better understand the global business environment and conducting business in Europe in particular.
GCOM 7993: Independent Study and Supervised Research
Credits: 1–9
Students taking this course will explore areas and issues of special interest that are not otherwise covered in the graduate curriculum. This course is offered at the discretion of the supervising professor.