Viva Bartkus

Associate Professor

Viva  Bartkus

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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.

Areas of Expertise

Partner, McKinsey & Company (1993 - 2003)


DPhil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

MPhil, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

BA, Yale University

MA, Yale University


Business on the Frontlines


Problem solving class

Problem Solving


"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.

"International Business Dynamics: Drivers of Multi-National Corporations' in-Country Economic Returns", (with James Davis), Business and Society, 49, 2010.


"Business on the Frontlines", (with Emily Block), Cambridge University Press,

"Business on the Frontlines in "Understanding Quality Peace: Peacebuilding After Civil War"", Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018

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

"Getting It Right", (with Edward Conlon), Jossey Bass, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2009

"Social Capital: Reaching In and Reaching Out", (with James Davis), Edward Elgar, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2009

"Dynamic of Secession", Cambridge University Press, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1999


Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, "Social Capital In A Global Industrial Company" (October 10, 2007).

Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, "Risk, Cost, and Timing: Evolution of the Pharmaceutical Value Chain" ( 2005).