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Jeanne M. Liedtka

Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 152
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., Boston University
MBA, Harvard University
D.B.A., Boston University

Jeanne M. Liedtka is a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business and former chief learning officer at United Technologies Corporation, where she was responsible for overseeing all activities associated with corporate learning and development for the Fortune 50 corporation, including executive education, career development processes, employer-sponsored education and learning portal and web-based activities.

At Darden, where she formerly served as associate dean of the MBA program and as executive director of the Batten Institute, Jeanne works with both MBAs and executives in the areas of design thinking, innovation and leading growth. Her passion is exploring how organizations can engage employees at every level in thinking creatively about the design of powerful futures.

Her current research focuses on design-led innovation in the government and social sector, as does her forthcoming book, Designing for the Greater Good. Her previous books include: The CatalystHow You Can Lead Extraordinary Growth(winner of the Business Week best innovation books of 2009); Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers(winner of the 1800 CEO READ best management book of 2011) and its accompanying field guide, The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step by Step GuideThe Physics of Business Growth: MindsetsSystem and Process and Solving Business Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works.

GBUS 7500: Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship in Action (IDEA)
Credits: 2
This action-oriented, team-based course will engage students in a live field project over the course of seven weeks and will build upon the required First Year curriculum. IDEA is an innovative offering grounded in the approaches of design thinking, agile project management, data analytics, effectuation, and lean start-up. The course is centered on team-based field projects addressing real world global challenges.
GBUS 8459: Innovation and Design Experience
Credits: 3
The course examines how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to enhance the value and accelerate the development of business opportunities that deliver organic growth. Students will apply design methodologies and innovation tools in a live, corporate project, working closely with a client company with a real problem to solve.
GBUS 8518: Strategy as Design-Barcelona
Credits: 2
Exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona -- one of the design capitals of the world -- and in the process learn about the qualities of creative thinking, in any environment. Barcelona's history and culture are rich and informative
GBUS 8530: Global Immersion
Credits: 2
This Darden Worldwide Course aims to develop a deeper understanding of a particular global business environment, what it takes to successfully enter and understand new business contexts, and how to develop a mindset as a leader across different cultures and institutions. The course accomplishes this by immersing students on-site in a new context to study these issues through engagement with local executives, global and local companies and organizations, meeting with government and community leaders, exploring activities of cultural and historical significance, and meeting with peers.
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.