Mendoza School of Business

Viva Bartkus

Professor Emerita
Management & Organization
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Viva Bartkus is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bartkus graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with masters and bachelors degrees in economics, and then completed her doctorate and masters in International Relations at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, while on a Rhodes Scholarship. Her doctorate investigated nationalism, self-determination, and why groups attempt secession, through primary research with guerilla movements and other separatists around the world. Her first book, The Dynamic of Secession, was published by Cambridge University Press (1999).

Dr. Bartkus’ research and teaching interests concentrate on two distinct areas: the leadership approaches most effective in solving complex business problems and the social capital of communities that enables collaboration and were published as books in 2008: Getting It Right, with Ed Conlon (Jossey Bass) and Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In, with Jim Davis (Edward Elgar). She co-led a major research initiative, “The Buck Stops Here,” examining how CEOs make complex decisions. Her most recent research and teaching initiative, Business on the Frontlines, examines the impact of business in rebuilding war-torn societies and was chosen by Forbes as one of the top 10 most innovative MBA courses in the country. Since 2008, her Business on the Frontlines teams have collaborated on nearly 50 business- and peace-related projects in over twenty countries with humanitarian agencies and multi-national corporations. By some estimates, perhaps 10,000 people now have the dignity of work because of businesses and markets BOTFL initiatives have developed.

Dr. Bartkus has also served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, she spent ten years serving healthcare, industrial, retail, and high tech clients to overcome their strategic, operational, and organizational challenges while at McKinsey & Company, the last four years as a partner of the firm.

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

"Big Fish in Thin Markets: Competing with the Middlemen to Increase Market Access in the Amazon", (With Wyatt Brooks, Joseph Kaboski, Carolyn Pelnik), Journal of Development Economics, Available online, 2022

"Big Fish in Thin Markets", (With Wyatt Brooks, Joseph Kaboski, Pelnik Carolyn), National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Digest

"Fast and Rigorous: Configurational Determinants of Strategic Decision-Making Balance", (With Michael Mannor, Joanna Campbell), Long Range Planning, 155

"Untapped Resources for Building Security from the Ground Up", Joint Force Quarterly, 92, 2019

"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

"Escaping the cycles of poverty and violence: the case of the ex-combatants in Colombia", 5 Year Anniversary of the Colombia Peace Accords, 2021

"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

Business on the Frontlines - Colombia, Kellogg Institute Notre Dame, $10,000

Business on the Frontlines - Colombia & Brazil, Ford Family Program Notre Dame, $50,000

Business on the Frontlines - Colombia, Notre Dame International, $7,500

Business on the Frontlines - Puerto Rico, Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns, $7,400

Faculty Research Grant for Business on the Frontlines, Ford Family, $4,000

Faculty Research Grant for Business on the Frontlines, Kellogg Institute, $4,000

Faculty Research Grant for Business on the Frontlines, Kroc Institute, $4,000

Faculty Research Grant for Business on the Frontlines, Nanovic Institutes, $1,000