Mendoza School of Business

Viva Bartkus

Associate Professor
Management & Organization
  357 Mendoza College of Business
  • Biography
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Viva Bartkus is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame.  Bartkus graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics, and completed her doctorate and master’s in International Relations at Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship.  Her current research and teaching interests concentrate on two areas: the leadership approaches most effective in solving complex business problems and the social capital of communities that enables collaboration. 

Bartkus’ published works include The Dynamic of Secession (Cambridge University Press, 1999), which investigates nationalism, self-determination, and why groups attempt succession. In Getting It Right: Notre Dame on Leadership and Judgement in Business (Jossey-Bass, 2008), Bartkus and co-author Edward Conlon contend that successful business leadership depends on values-based problem-solving habits of mind. Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In (Edward Elgar, 2008), co-authored with James Davis, explores the underpinnings of networks, norms, trust, and social capital in organizations.  Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Bartkus spent 10 years in consulting at McKinsey & Co., with the last four years as a partner.

DPhil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
MPhil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
BA, Yale University
MA, Yale University

Areas of Expertise
Partner, McKinsey & Company (1993 - 2003)

Editorial Boards
Ad Hoc Reviewer
Strategic Management Journal
August 1, 2014

Business on the Frontlines
Business on the Frontlines
Problem solving class
Problem Solving
Business Problem Solving
Organizational Consulting
Strategy and Implementation
Social Capital Directed Readings
"Learning to Serve: Delivering Partner Value Through Service Learning Projects", (With Emily Block), Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2018

"Heavy Lies the Crown: How Job Anxiety Affects Top Executive Decision Making in Gain and Loss Contexts", (With Michael Mannor, Adam Wowak, Luis Gomez-Mejia), Strategic Management Journal, 37, 2016

"How Anxiety Affects CEO Decision-Making", (With Michael Mannor, Adam Wowak, Luis Gomez-Mejia), Harvard Business Review.Org, online, 2016

"Business on the Frontlines in Understanding Quality Peace: Peacebuilding After Civil War", Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management, Chapter, 2018

"Secession", International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Sage Publications, 2009

"Getting It Right", (With Edward Conlon), Jossey Bass, 2009

"Social Capital: Reaching In and Reaching Out", (With James Davis), Edward Elgar, 2009

"Dynamic of Secession", Cambridge University Press, 1999

"Social Capital In A Global Industrial Company", Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, 2007
"Risk, Cost, and Timing: Evolution of the Pharmaceutical Value Chain", Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, 2005
"US Special Operations Command Outstanding Civilian Medal", US Special Operations Command, 2015

"Best paper nomination", Strategic Management Society, 2014

"The Outstanding Teacher Award", The University of Notre Dame, MBA program, 2014

"Best paper nomination", Strategic Management Society, 2013

"Best paper nomination", Strategic Management Society, 2012