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Robert S. Harris

Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 256
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., Davidson College
Ph.D., Princeton University
Biography

C. Stewart Sheppard Professor Robert Harris has served as the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business's dean and prior to that, as chief learning officer and vice president of United Technologies Corporation.

His research has focused on corporate finance, private equity, financial markets, mergers and acquisitions. Harris has been widely published in leading academic and practitioner journals in finance and economics. He has been a visiting scholar at London Business School, Oxford University (England) and the University of Otago (New Zealand) and a recipient of research and teaching awards. In addition to teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive audiences, he has authored financial textbooks, computer tutorials and dozens of business cases and teaching notes. Harris has been an active consultant and adviser to corporations, government agencies and has held a range of offices in professional societies.

Before joining the Darden faculty, Harris was on the faculties of the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

GBUS 7118: Explorations in Enterprise Leadership - Part III
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 7251: Financial Management and Policies
Credits: 2
This corporate-finance course focuses on corporate policy and the tactics that increase the value of the corporation. The course starts by stressing how managers interface with the capital markets to learn the return required by the firm's different investors. This required return, or cost of capital, is used later as the key variable to assess whether capital-investment proposals can create value for stakeholders. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 7255: Financial Management and Policies (Part I)
Credits: 2
This corporate-finance course focuses on corporate policy and the tactics that increase the value of the corporation. The course starts by stressing how managers interface with the capital markets to learn the return required by the firm's different investors. This required return, or cost of capital, is used later as the key variable to assess whether capital-investment proposals can create value for stakeholders.
GBUS 7256: Financial Management and Policies - Part II
Credits: 2
This corporate-finance course focuses on corporate policy and the tactics that increase the value of the corporation. The course starts by stressing how managers interface with the capital markets to learn the return required by the firm's different investors. This required return, or cost of capital, is used later as the key variable to assess whether capital-investment proposals can create value for stakeholders.
GBUS 7380: Business Ethics (Part 1)
Credits: 2
The purpose of this course is to enable students to reason about the role of ethics in business administration in a complex, dynamic, global environment. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think deeply about the nature of business, the responsibilities of management, and how business and ethics can be put together. Cases without easy answers that raise a range of problems facing managers in the contemporary business environment will be used. Discussions will focus on developing a framework for analyzing the issues in moral terms and then making a decision and developing a set of reasons for why the decision was justified. Students will be pushed to think carefully about how they make decisions and develop their capacity to defend their decisions to other stakeholders. This is important as a way not only to foster integrity and responsible decision making, but also to push students to take leadership roles in dealing with complex and difficult choices they will face in their careers. Operating from a managerial perspective, students will address a range of themes in the class, including basic concepts in ethics, responsibilities to stakeholders and the building blocks of markets, corporate culture, the sources of ethical breakdowns in organizations, managerial integrity, value creation, and personal values and managerial choice.
GBUS 7603: Valuation in Financial Markets
Credits: 2
This course focuses on how financial assets and firms are valued in financial markets. It directly extends and strengthens the corporate finance principles from the required first-year Financial Management and Policies course by applying valuation models to real financial data and assets. The course contains three modules: firm-valuation techniques, option-pricing principles, and fixed-income valuation. The first module extends the first-year finance course by considering more difficult firm valuations as well as alternate techniques for valuing firms. The second and third modules relate to the capital markets for which valuation principles from options and fixed-income instruments are used as building blocks to decompose the valuation of complex financial instruments.
GBUS 8279: Security Analysis & Valuation
Credits: 2
The objective of the course is to present a disciplined, valuation based process for security analysis. The course will focus on melding theory and practice using examples across industries and geographies. Investing is as much art as it is science, and therefore, particular attention will be paid to both quantitative and qualitative aspects- including financial statement analysis, valuation methodologies, and competitive strategy.
GBUS 8499: Investment Mgmt Exec Student Investment Fund
Credits: 2
Designed for students to gain experience in managing an investment portfolio which has a specific investment mandate to establish goals, methods to build a portfolio, select investments, track & report on performance, monitor & manage all existing positions.
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.