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Why Study Business History?

“The past is never dead.  The past is not even past.”–William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun Faulkner’s words have come to me repeatedly over the past year.  Journalists, pundits, and webinar hosts have sought my views on the correspondence of recent events to earlier pandemics, earlier financial…

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Recommended Books of 2020: Reading and Rudder

“Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” — Lewis CarrollThere is a difference between speed and velocity.  Physics teaches that speed is the rate at which you move; velocity is speed in a particular direction…

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To a Colleague Granted a Faculty Chair

Nineteen months ago, a gift to Darden from the Sands family established 12 new faculty chairs, one of them named for me, a tremendous honor.  It prompted me to reflect on why universities do this and what responsibilities those motives imply.  Americans tend to harbor a distrust of elites and…

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Some Books to Read During the Coronavirus Crisis

One of the more regular questions I’m getting this spring is “What are you reading?”  After my response, it becomes clear that the questioner is not looking for entertainment, but rather seeks insight useful for dealing with the novel coronavirus crisis.  Initially, I recoil from responding since the crisis…

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Recommended Readings for 2019

Former President Harry S. Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” I cited this in an earlier blog post to argue that reading broadly and deeply is fundamental to making a good difference in the world. One should aim for a ‘T-shaped’ mind, in…

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Recommended Readings for 2017

My annual exhortation to students, friends, and family to read more started out as a bit of advice and has turned into a longer project than I had imagined (see 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016). Each December, people nudge me with “Where’s this year’s list?” So…

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Experiential Learning

Recently, the Darden teaching faculty gathered for a session in another of our series on teaching excellence—this one was led by colleagues Greg Fairchild and Jeanne Liedtka.  They presented on the topic of “experiential learning,” which was both relevant and timely in view of the pressures from stakeholders of…

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