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Scott A. Snell

Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 231
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., Miami University
MBA, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Biography

Scott Snell is the E. Thayer Bigelow Research Chair in Business Administration and former Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. He teaches courses in strategic management and leadership, and has worked with companies such as AstraZeneca, Changan Motors (China), Deutsche Telekom, Heineken, and Shell to align strategy, capability, and investments in talent.

He is an award winning researcher and is listed among the top 100 most-cited authors in scholarly journals of management. He is author of five books, including the forthcoming In Search of Execution(Stanford University Press). 

He currently serves on the board of HR People + Strategy, and previously has been a board member of Strategic Management Society's Human Capital Group, the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, the Academy of Management's Human Resource Division, the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review. 

Prior to joining the Darden faculty, Scott was professor and director of executive education at Cornell University's Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies and a professor of management in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. from Miami University, as well as his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in business from Michigan State University.  

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 7400: Strategic Thinking and Action
Credits: 2
This course develops students' ability to analyze the organizational and external factors essential for crafting and executing a firm's strategy for sustained success. The course draws heavily from the key concepts, frameworks, and tools of strategic management. Taking an action orientation, it reinforces and revitalizes the general-management perspective, the core mission of the school. Because of increasing global interdependence and an ever-shifting business environment, it emphasizes both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. Topics include developing and evaluating strategy, building firm capability and sustaining competitive advantage, analyzing industry evolution and global rivalry, and linking strategy and execution. Course objectives are accomplished through exposure to cases from a range of industries and managerial settings. By providing students with an opportunity to apply analytical skills they learn in various first-year courses, the course fosters an integrative mind-set that will enable MBAs to operate at multiple levels and in different functions in their business careers.
GBUS 7402: Strategic Thinking & Action (Part I)
Credits: 2
This course develops students' ability to analyze the organizational and external factors essential for crafting and executing a firm's strategy for sustained success. The course draws heavily from the key concepts, frameworks, and tools of strategic management. Taking an action orientation, it reinforces and revitalizes the general-management perspective, the core mission of the school.
GBUS 8024: Strategy Execution
Credits: 2
Strategy execution has become a critical differentiator among firms seeking breakthrough financial performance. In this course, we develop an analytic approach that combines four domains (alignment, architecture, activation, and ability) into an integrated approach to firm performance. Throughout this course we use cases and applications to translate concepts and frameworks into real-time action learning projects with sponsoring companies.
GBUS 8048: Human Capital Consulting
Credits: 2
This course addresses how firms manage human resources as a source of competitive advantage. Specifically, it is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the processes and practices inherent in strategy implementation, the role of human capital and talent management (source, develop, deploy, evaluate, engage, reward, retain) as a foundation for strategic capability, and the role of the HR function.
GBUS 8480: Developing Organizational Capability
Credits: 2
This course focuses on the leadership challenges to develop and deploy a workforce that builds capability to create value in the marketplace. But an enterprise leadership perspective implies more than just good people practices. It focuses on aligning people, processes, and systems around core drivers of value creation and competitive advantage.
GBUS 8701: Leading Strategic Change
Credits: 2
This course focuses on the leadership qualities that are necessary to successfully design and implement strategic change and how being involved in the active leadership process requires individuals to be willing to define and declare themselves in strategic ways. The course is an elective and follows the format of the Leading Strategic Change course. It puts its emphasis on the need for students to think on personal, professional, and enterprise levels and to apply this thinking to the critical issues of leading and managing individual and organizational change. It is essential that students studying for an MBA develop a rich appreciation for the implications of personal and organizational change. Leadership is a personal declaration and as such is the essence of change. The principal modes of instruction are cases, lectures, and readings.
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.