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Richard Johnson

Associate Dean and Chief Innovation and Student Engagement Officer
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
Tayloe Murphy Center
80 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
MBA, Darden School of Business

Marc Johnson (EMBA ’13) serves as senior executive director for global affairs and enterprise initiatives. Johnson is responsible for guiding and advocating for Darden’s global strategy, initiatives and engagement, working alongside leaders across Darden to extend the School’s impact and reach around the world. He leads CGI in partnering with faculty to create a suite of global learning opportunities for Darden MBA students, delivering courses in 20-plus countries a year, and to advance global thought leadership and engagement with practice. He also works closely with stakeholders across UVA to further the University’s impact globally.

Prior to Darden, Johnson served as assistant director at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, overseeing political leadership training programs for high school students through working adults.

He serves on the advisory council of the Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary and the advisory board for experiential learning of the Global Business School Network.

Johnson teaches international business in UVA’s undergraduate interdisciplinary studies program and courses in leadership for the Sorensen Institute. He has also taught courses in entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. He is the co-author of several entrepreneurship case studies through Darden Business Publishing.

Johnson holds an MBA from the Darden School and a master’s in education from the UVA Curry School. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in government.

PSPL 1000: State & Local Political Ldrshp
Credits: 3
State & Local Political Ldrshp
ISBU 3840: International Business
Credits: 3
An introduction to the practice and theory of international business. Consideration given to global trade and economic integration theory; the major instruments and procedures needed for management and operation of an international business; modes of international market entry and foreign direct investment; strategies appropriate to managing an international business; global environmental issues; and the importance of culture and ethics in international business. Prerequisite: ISBU concentration prerequisites or instructor permission.
GBUS 7102: Global Leadership Explorations - Part IV
Credits: 2
Each location chosen for our GEMBA residencies offers a broad set of opportunities for building global awareness as well as allowing more integration opportunities across courses. Global Leadership Explorations are a series of courses that will leverage the 'why' we are in a certain location and 'what' we can learn about ourselves, our companies, business and our world.
GBUS 8305: East-West Strategy Seminar
Credits: 2
As economies and businesses become more global, companies worldwide will increasingly need to examine their economic practices and beliefs. The purpose of this seminar is to help participants 1) develop a deep understanding of the strategic concepts and business models underlying foreign (in this case, Chinese) business, based on a thorough knowledge of cultural and institutional differences. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden Students.
GBUS 8500: Special Topics Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Each seminar is a course of study for students with special interests in business administration topics not currently included in the normal course offerings of the MBA Program. The seminar topics should be consistent with the objectives of the Second Year Program.
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 8650: Cases in Global Strategy Seminar
Credits: 2
In a world in which global businesses and economies are increasingly interconnected, tomorrow's leaders must develop the skills to succeed in dynamic cross-national contexts, leveraging nuanced understandings of global culture, strategy and execution to strategic advantage.
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.