Jim Detert

James R. Detert

Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy

Education & Training
PhD, Harvard University
MBA, University of Minnesota
MA, Harvard University
BBA, University of Wisconsin

Jim Detert is a professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior area at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Detert's research focuses on workplace courage, ethical decision-making and behavior, improvement-oriented voice (why people speak up or stay silent at work) and other leadership-related topics. His research and consulting experience span a variety of global high-technology and service-oriented industries as well as public sector institutions, including K-12 education.

Prior to joining UVA, he taught at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management. Detert has written teaching cases and curriculum materials and designed leadership and ethics classes taught to thousands of students of all ages around the world in degree and non-degree formats. He has received numerous awards for his teaching in both Master of Business Administration and Executive MBA programs.

His research, which has won several academic best paper awards, has appeared in many top research outlets, including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior and Journal of Business Ethics. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and the author of the book Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Jim received his master’s in sociology and doctorate in organizational behavior from Harvard University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.