Skills Series

Business in Society

Business in Society: Adding Value with your PhD

The pilot of PhD Plus Business in Society: Adding Value with Your PhD skills series was offered in Spring 2021. This series developed with and offered by faculty at the Darden School of Business, will give you an introduction to the language of business (applicable to all organizations) and how to navigate this environment. This series is best suited for PhD students in middle and advanced years of training and all postdoctoral scholars (collectively called trainees). 


Darden faculty teaching in this module are Ed Freeman, Mike Lenox, Brian Moriarty, Roshni Raveendhran, and Paul Simko.  

Spring 2023: Topics and Schedule

This series is scheduled to be offered in person in Spring 2023 on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 PM EST between February 7 and April 18. Participation in this series will involve prior reading of case studies and book chapters, watching videos, and online assessment. The total effort for completion of the series over the Spring semester is 20-25 hours. Upon successful completion, PhD students will receive non-credit credentials on their academic transcript (PhDP 9440).


  1. Purpose of business (February 7) with Dr. R. Edward Freeman
  2. Bringing values to work: ethics of business (February 14) with Dr. R. Edward Freeman
  3. Thinking strategically & leveraging capabilities (February 21) with Dr. Michael J. Lenox
  4. Linking strategy and the financial statements (February 28) with Dr. Paul Simko
  5. Accounting and transaction analysis (March 14) with Dr. Paul Simko
  6. Leading yourself and teams (March 21) with Dr. Roshni Raveendhran
  7. Negotiation in organizations (March 28) with Dr. Roshni Raveendhran
  8. Turning complex career path into a compelling narrative (April 4) with Dr. Brian Moriarty
  9. Navigating organizational politics (April 11) with Dr. Brian Moriarty
  10. Putting it all together (April 18) with Dr. Michael J. Lenox


This is a popular series and requires commitment to full participation. Registrants are expected to complete readings/assignments in between sessions and engaging in weekly sessions through instructor-student and peer-to-peer interactions. 

Priority of attendance will be given to those who commit to participating in majority of series (including learning time in between sessions) and are advanced stages of training ( e.g. PhD students in 3+ years). Registration will close by 5 PM (ET) on Jan 27, 2023 or when we reach our maximum registration capacity (whichever is earlier).