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Raul O. Chao

Associate Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 166
20 Duffy Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Raul Chao is a Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business, where he teaches operations management, innovation, and new product development courses. Raul's research and teaching is focused on helping managers design more innovative organizations. He has helped many entrepreneurial ventures and established companies manage their innovation and new product development processes, and he currently serves as an advisor or board member for numerous early-stage ventures. He is a leader in novel curriculum design, having developed a number of cross-disciplinary experiential courses at the University of Virginia focused on product development and technology commercialization. Much of Raul's research and teaching is based on fieldwork and case studies conducted at companies such as 3M, Microsoft, Whirlpool and Lockheed Martin, among others.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty, Raul worked as a management consultant serving U.S. and Latin American organizations in a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, biomedical, healthcare, financial services, hospitality and media. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife Cristina and their children, Carolina, Tomas and Nicolas.

GBUS 7106: Understanding Global Markets
Credits: 2
The UGM course addresses the key issues facing managers interacting with global markets, both product, as well as financial markets. It is an introduction, which builds a foundation for the individual courses (FMP, GEM, MKT, STR), which will go into greater depth covering these issues in the continuation of the program. It is cross-disciplinary, and aims at developing a global, cross-disciplinary perspective for all students..
GBUS 7311: Operations Management
Credits: 2
This course is designed to convey to students both the fundamentals of operations and the understanding that the link between operations and firm performance is a crucial source of competitive advantage. Managing the underlying processes by which firms create and deliver value is at the heart of the operations function in every line of business, and this course focuses on how to do this well. Prerequisite: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 7312: Operations Management - Part II
Credits: 2
This course is designed to convey to students both the fundamentals of operations and the understanding that the link between operations and firm performance is a crucial source of competitive advantage. Managing the underlying processes by which firms create and deliver value is at the heart of the operations function in every line of business, and this course focuses on how to do this well. Prerequisite: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 7315: Operations Management Part I
Credits: 2
This course is designed to convey to students both the fundamentals of operations and the understanding that the link between operations and firm performance is a crucial source of competitive advantage. Managing the underlying processes by which firms create and deliver value is at the heart of the operations function in every line of business, and this course focuses on how to do this well.
GBUS 7316: Operations Management - Part II
Credits: 2
This course is designed to convey to students both the fundamentals of operations and the understanding that the link between operations and firm performance is a crucial source of competitive advantage. Managing the underlying processes by which firms create and deliver value is at the heart of the operations function in every line of business, and this course focuses on how to do this well.
GBUS 8130: Prototyping and Product Development I
Credits: 2
This action-oriented course takes students through the key steps involved in developing a new product or service. The learning process will be highly experiential as students work in groups to develop a viable new product or service via a hands-on team project. Each team of students will identify market (user) needs, develop alternative product or service concepts to meet those needs, flesh out the concepts through a process of iterative design.
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.