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Morela Hernandez

Associate Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 183
20 Duffy Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., Rice University
Ph.D., Fuqua School of Business
Biography

Morela Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior area at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and Academic Director of Behavioral Research at Darden (BRAD). She received her Ph.D. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Prior to academia, Prof. Hernandez worked in finance at Enron in Houston, Texas - experiencing the roller-coaster ride of this now infamous business case. Given her professional background, it might come as no surprise that her research interests and expertise focus on the ethics of leadership. She also studies the role of diversity in organizational systems and decision-making practices. She is widely published in a number of top-tier academic journals, including Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel PsychologyJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological ScienceHuman Resource Management, and American Psychologist. Her work has also appeared in media outlets such as Time magazineFinancial TimesHuffington Post, and Washington Post, as well as featured on National Public Radio (NPR). She teaches courses on leadership at Darden, has worked as a leadership development coach for senior-level executives in the executive education programs at Duke and the London Business School, and consults with a number of government agencies, social profit organizations, and global companies. Originally from Brazil and Honduras, Prof. Hernandez speaks four languages.

GBUS 7341: Leading Organizations
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. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 7345: Leading Organizations - Part I
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 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 8156: Creating a New Normal
Credits: 2
The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively upended social and professional spheres of life. We are living in a moment rich with opportunities to improve how we live, how we relate to society, how we interact with government, and how we do business. By leveraging behavioral science tools to explore and experiment, you will learn how to take advantage of the unique opportunity we have to redefine the scope of our priorities and collective actions.
GBUS 8482: Leadership Strategies
Credits: 2
This course presents multiple perspectives and approaches to studying, defining, applying, and evaluating the concept (and practice) of leadership. Through a series of personality assessments, case studies, and simulations, students will examine how their own personality traits, leadership style, and philosophy guide their behavior in critical leadership activities
GBUS 8510: Global Business Experience
Credits: 2
Global Business Experience is a one-week course that focuses on business issues in variety of countries outside of the United States. The courses are offered at midterm break in March. Each section offered under the Global Business Experience heading provides the opportunity for students to visit a different country and experience business practices and cultures other than those of their native countries. Both first-year students and second-year students may participate. Based on a unifying theme and a specific geographic location, each course includes structured classes and practitioner presentations as well as visits to companies, governmental agencies, and important cultural sites. Each Global Business Experience course is intended to give students a better perspective on the countries visited and, through comparison, on their country of origin. While the countries may vary from year to year, in the recent past, programs have been offered in Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Spain, and Sweden.
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.