Business Skills for PhDs in Academia and Beyond: Purpose of Business

Sep 21, 2023, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Online Event


Event Description

Instructor: R. Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration, UVA Darden School of Business.

In this session, we will explore how 21st Century businesses have adopted the idea that the purpose of business can be greater than just making profits. It explores the flaws in an old narrative of business that is set deeply in society.  Through the case study we examine how businesses can begin to see themselves as subject to societal forces as well as market forces.

Cohort Description: Most people associate the term “business” with the private sector. However, business skills and models are widely applied in every sector: public, private and non-profit (which includes academia). You are acquiring many transferable skills in your Ph.D. program that can be applied in academic roles as well as within a variety of industries and job functions. Join the business skills learning cohort to better understand foundational concepts and language of business. This learning cohort includes experiential learning in the form of group capstone presentations under guidance of alum mentors. 


Broad Topics include:

  1. Purpose, ethics, and responsibility: stakeholder theory

  2. Analysis of strategy and operations 

  3. Data science in business

  4. Leadership and mentoring

  5. Negotiation

  6. Financial 360

  7. Business Communications

  8. Business of higher ed



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