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Jim Detert

Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 188
20 Duffy Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Jim Detert is a Professor of Business Administration in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior area at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Prior to joining Darden, he taught at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management and was the faculty director for the School's leadership initiative. Jim has written many teaching cases and other curriculum materials and designed leadership and ethics classes taught to thousands of students of all ages around the world in degree and non-degree formats. He has received numerous awards for his teaching in both MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Jim's research focuses on workplace courage, improvement-oriented voice (why people speak up or stay silent at work), ethical decision making and behavior, and other leadership-related topics. This research, as well as his consulting experiences, has been conducted across a variety of global high-technology and service-oriented industries as well as public sector institutions, including K-12 education. His research has appeared in many outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business Ethics. Jim's research has won several academic best paper awards and is regularly featured in various online and print media outlets.

Jim received his MA in sociology and PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin. 

LPPL 2001: Leadership in Athletics
Credits: 3
Athletics teams offer innumerable opportunities to learn about both the science & practice of team-level leadership. This course is focused specifically on leadership in a sports context, whether that be varsity, club, or recreational sports participation and administration. We will study: power and influence; interpersonal dynamics; group culture; ethical leadership and ethical decision-making; prejudice, discrimination, and equity.
GBUS 7346: Leading Organizations Part II
Credits: 2
High-performing organizations are driven by leaders who enable people to be effective in their jobs. This course helps students cultivate mind-sets and use tools to influence behavior in organizations.
GBUS 7815: Leadership Residency 1-Leading Change
Credits: 3
Leadership Residency 1 challenges students to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for taking an enterprise perspective when making any management decision. Students will learn what an enterprise perspective involves, what it means to manage/lead with an enterprise perspective, and what the implications of that perspective for themselves as leaders are. The course is a mix of traditional academic pedagogy and experiential activities.
GBUS 8019: Defining Moments
Credits: 2
Seasoned leaders will tell you that there were defining moments - those particular instances in which their values and judgment were tested in an inescapable way - that played a disproportionate role in how they and others thought about their success. Navigating these defining moments well usually requires strong communication. Economists Robert Schiller and Joseph Stiglitz state that economic inequality is the defining challenge of our time.
GBUS 8079: Doing Business in Argentina-Seizing Opportunities in Emerging Markets
Credits: 2
Insight into Latin American business world, showcasing its comprehensive dynamics, opportunities and challenges, while using case method-based lectures, company visits and conferences. Participants will delve into Latin America's business setting and reality, building a strong elite corporate network of peers from other business schools around the world.
GBUS 8399: Data Analytics and Leadership Judgment in Sports Contexts
Credits: 2
Sports contexts provide an excellent vehicle by which to study how to use analytics as part of a leader's decision-making toolkit. How, for example, do you evaluate talent analytically, and decide how to construct, motivate, and compensate members of a team? While we can't know with certainty how a professional player (i.e., employee) will perform in the future, models can be built to analyze the past, thus make powerful statistical predictions.
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 9999: Non-Topical Research, Doctoral
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.