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Sean D. Carr

Executive Director of the Batten Institute
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Executive Director, Batten Institute
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
209G Library
80 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2013
MBA, Darden School of Business, 2003
M.S., Columbia University, 1995
B.A., Northwestern University, 1990

Education: B.A., Northwestern University; ; MBA, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Sean Carr serves as Executive Director of the Batten Institute, an endowed center of excellence dedicated to advancing education, research and practical experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology at UVA Darden, consistently ranked among the top MBA programs for entrepreneurship worldwide.

The Batten Institute supports a wide range of activities across the school, including sponsored faculty and research, multidisciplinary initiatives, academic and practitioner conferences, a prestigious and competitive scholarship program, a pan-university venture incubator and accelerator program, a variety of venture and technology internships, as well as a portfolio of courses, competitions, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities. In addition, the Institute maintains full-time operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting Darden students and faculty with alumni, senior executives, investors, and entrepreneurs in this and other entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Carr also holds an appointment as assistant professor of business administration at Darden, where he co-teaches a capstone elective, Gales of Creative Destruction: Causes and Consequences of Disruptive Technological Innovation Through History.

Carr's research explores innovation and entrepreneurship; technological change and transformation; decision-making under risk and uncertainty; complexity, crisis and systemic response; and other themes in business & economic history. His work has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media, and numerous teaching materials. He has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC; he is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Robert F. Bruner.

Prior to joining Darden, Carr spent nearly ten years as a journalist and producer with ABC News (New York) and CNN (Atlanta, Washington, DC). He earned a PhD in management and an MBA from the University of Virginia, where he was also awarded a Batten Media Fellowship; an MS from Columbia University; and a BA from Northwestern University.

DA-ENTR Accelerating the Development of Entrepreneurial Expertise: Proposal for Randomized Controlled Trials of Entrepreneurial Decision-Making
Source: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
July 23, 2014 – October 31, 2016
GBUS 7100: Global Leadership Explorations - Part I
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.

Darden Research & Course Development Committee


Darden Mission Review Task Force

2008, 2012

Darden Search Committee, Institute for Business in Society


Co-Principal Investigator. Kauffman Foundation grant for $105,000 to run experiments on entrepreneurial decision making (with Michael Lenox and Asif Mehedi), 2014-17

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship ($20,000), 2012

Darden Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award ($5,000), 2011

Batten Media Fellowship, a merit-based, full-tuition plus stipend scholarship awarded by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, 2001

Phi Beta Kappa, departmental honors, and the Joseph Clyde Murley Prize in Classical Greek Northwestern University College of Arts and Sciences, 1990