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Jared D. Harris

Associate Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 182
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S. and MAcc, Brigham Young University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Associate Professor Jared Harris, appointed to the Samuel L. Slover Research Professorship, teaches both Ethics and Strategy courses in Darden's MBA program and a doctoral seminar on corporate governance and ethics. His research centers on the interplay between ethics and strategy, with a particular focus on the topics of corporate governance, business ethics and interorganizational trust. His work on corporate financial misrepresentation won the 2007 Best Dissertation award in one division of the Academy of Management (social issues in management) and qualified him as one of six finalists in another division (business policy and strategy). His work has been published in Organization Science and Business Ethics Quarterlyand has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and The New Yorker as well as other media outlets in the United States, Canada, Germany, India, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 2006, Harris taught at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Previously, he worked as a certified public accountant and consultant for several leading public accounting firms in Boston, Portland and Oregon. He also served as the CFO of a small technology firm in Washington, D.C.

A fellow with the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and a senior fellow with Darden's Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, Harris is also a research partner of Open Ethics and Compliance Group (OCEG) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). He consults with several leading financial services companies on the topics of strategic management, ethics and compliance.

GBAC 7201: Enterprise Analytics II: Strategy
Credits: 1
Business Analytics is useful to the extent that it impacts decision making in an enterprise. Critical to having impact is a thorough understanding of its strategy. This course develops frameworks and tools to analyze the strategy of an organization and develops the skills to evaluate decisions inside an organization. This course will connect your analytical skills with the ability to influence the enterprise as it executes its strategy.
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 7400: Strategic Thinking and Action
Credits: 2
This course develops students' ability to analyze the organizational and external factors essential for crafting and executing a firm's strategy for sustained success. The course draws heavily from the key concepts, frameworks, and tools of strategic management. Taking an action orientation, it reinforces and revitalizes the general-management perspective, the core mission of the school. Because of increasing global interdependence and an ever-shifting business environment, it emphasizes both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. Topics include developing and evaluating strategy, building firm capability and sustaining competitive advantage, analyzing industry evolution and global rivalry, and linking strategy and execution. Course objectives are accomplished through exposure to cases from a range of industries and managerial settings. By providing students with an opportunity to apply analytical skills they learn in various first-year courses, the course fosters an integrative mind-set that will enable MBAs to operate at multiple levels and in different functions in their business careers.
GBUS 8013: Strategic Corporate Governance
Credits: 2
Effective governance can have a dramatic impact on the performance prospects of firms and can also be a substantial bulwark against organizational misconduct. Insights from both bodies of research (governance as it relates to performance improvement, and governance as it relates to minimizing misconduct) will be explored in this course.
GBUS 8014: Strategic Thinking
Credits: 2
This course explores different approaches to strategic cognition. Where do good strategic ideas come from? How can we cultivate innovative strategic thinking, in different ways and through different approaches? What is the role of analytical approaches to strategy? What is the role of strategic intuition and creativity? How can you increase your capacity as a strategic leader and a strategic thinker?
GBUS 8203: Business Ethics through Literature
Credits: 2
The purpose of this course is to deepen students' understanding of the role of ethics in management. The course builds on the conversations begun in the First Year Business Ethics course and addresses several key themes of interest for contemporary managers.
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.