Martin Davidson

Martin N. Davidson is Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. As a consultant and teacher, he advises leaders at Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations helping them to use diversity strategically to drive high performance. His thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations.

Davidson’s latest 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. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries.

Media outlets covering Davidsons’s work include The New York TimesBloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street JournalWashington Post, and National Public Radio. Current and past clients include AT&T, Bank of America, Procter & Gamble, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Navy Seals.

His publications have appeared in top academic and practitioner publications including Administrative Science QuarterlyHarvard Business ReviewResearch on Negotiation in OrganizationsJournal of PersonalityReview of Educational Research, and the International Journal of Conflict Management.

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs, Martin currently serves as the School’s Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer. He was elected the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management.

Before joining Darden in 1998, Davidson was a member of the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. A social psychologist by training, with pervious he holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an A.B. from Harvard College.