Vivian Riefberg

Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
GBUS 7611: The Consulting Process
Credits: 2
This course is intended to introduce students to the consulting process and to help them identify and refine the skill sets necessary for successful consultation. The course is designed specifically for students interested in pursuing consulting internships and careers but who do not have significant consulting experience prior to Darden. Approximately half of the course will focus on the cognitive processes involved in framing and designing the engagement specifically, hypothesis generating and testing, using a set of video cases that track the work of actual consulting teams as they move through the processes of initiating and completing client projects. The other half will address a more tactical set of issues around engagement work-planning, data-gathering, field-interviewing, and communicating with clients. The course will include the use of cases and exercises and the completion of a final project presentation. Students will be assigned to a consulting team to work with throughout the course.
GBUS 8278: Leading in Uncertainty and Crisis
Credits: 2
This course will address the various requirements for operating in a crisis & leading in uncertainty. The course will help students frame uncertainty & how to bound the various uncertainties to be able to move forward & make decisions. It will also explore the differences in decision making when in a crisis & how to be better prepared for operating in that environment. Finally, it will address the need to be able to understand & fully manage an array of stakeholders.
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 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.