Martin N. Davidson

Professor, Senior Associate Dean, and Global Chief Diversity Officer


Martin N. Davidson is the Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He currently serves as senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer for the School. His thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations. He teaches, conducts research and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top academic and practitioner publications including Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, Review of Educational Research, and the International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries. Executive summaries of Davidson's academic journal articles and book chapter contributions may be viewed on his website. His book, The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diversity in organizations. In addition to teaching leadership in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs, Davidson consults with leaders of a host of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations, including AT&T, Bank of America, P&G, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Navy Seals. He was elected the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and National Public Radio. He has been a member of the Darden faculty since 1998. Previously, he was a member of the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work and to view his weekly blog, "In My Opinion," visit