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Martin N. Davidson

Professor
Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 299C
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
A.B., Harvard College
Ph.D., Stanford University
Biography

Martin N. Davidson is the Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He currently serves as Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer for the school. His thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations. He teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top academic and practitioner publications includingAdministrative Science QuarterlyHarvard Business ReviewResearch on Negotiation in OrganizationsJournal of PersonalityReview of Educational Research, and the International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries. Executive summaries of Davidson's academic journal articles and book chapter contributions may be viewed on his website

His book, The End of Diversity as We Know It:  Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diversity in organizations. 

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs, Martin consults with leaders of a host of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations, including AT&T, Bank of America, P&G, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Navy Seals. He was elected the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson has been featured in numerous media outlets including TheNew York TimesBloomberg BusinessWeek,The Wall Street JournalWashington Post, and National Public Radio. He has been a member of the Darden faculty since 1998. Previously, he was a member of the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work and to view his weekly blog, "In My Opinion," visit www.leveragingdifference.com.

GBUS 7119: Explorations in Enterprise Leadership- Part IV
Credits: 2
Washington, DC region provides a wealth of opportunities for engaging directly with topics relevant to the challenges of leading a global firm, exploring the challenges of managing diverse stakeholders, & discussing how we can leverage concepts from across our curriculum as we manage the uncertainties facing contemporary leaders. Course provides a diverse range of leadership experiences & topics.
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 7342: Leading Organizations
Credits: 3
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 7344: 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. In the first part of the course, students will master several foundational skills, including how to take a global-leadership point of view, identify critical business challenges, understand the drivers of those challenges.
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 8027: Interpersonal Behavior
Credits: 2
Increases awareness of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, provides practical experiences that give opportunity to improve their interpersonal effectiveness. Topics Communication, Feedback, Performance Appraisal, Active Listening, Working with diversity, confronting problems in working relationships. Emphasis on future management contexts, learn how others perceive you & what behaviors enhance or detract from interpersonal effectiveness.
GBUS 8634: Interviewing Experiential Field-Based Elective (Part 1)
Credits: 2
This course is an opportunity for students to learn effective interviewing, talent evaluation, verbal and written communication, marketing skills, and leadership skills. In addition, the course teaches students to interact with a diverse group of people and gain insights into their potential through active listening.
GBUS 8635: Interviewing Experiential Field-Based Elective (Part 2)
Credits: 2
This course is a continuation of the Q2 course and provides an opportunity for students to further master interviewing, talent evaluation, verbal and written communication, marketing skills, and leadership skills. In addition, the course allows the students to deliver a meaningful and relevant recommendation to aid in the work of the Admissions Office.
GBUS 8706: Leadership, Diversity and Leveraging Difference
Credits: 2
The course consists of a case and text-based learning experience that focuses on the leadership challenges involved in leveraging diversity. Students will learn how leaders must have the basic skills and the ability and willingness to recognize diversity and then leverage it through invitation, inclusion, and inspiration.
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.