Viva Bartkus

Associate Professor of Management; Founder & Director, Business on the Frontlines program, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

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 bachelor’s 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 first book, The Dynamic of Secession, was published by Cambridge University Press. 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, and Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In, with Jim Davis. 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.